Watch out! Here comes a hut on giant chicken legs! It can only be….

Baba Yaga!

Baba Yaga linocut

For those who aren’t familiar with her, Baba Yaga is a figure from Russian folklore, an old woman who often flies about in a mortar and pestle (another great visual there), and who is known to occasionally eat children. She lives in the forest, in a hut perched atop chicken legs. (The Wikipedia link has a fascinating section about the possible origins of the hut on chicken legs.)

Mussorgsky included a piece about Baba Yaga in Pictures at an Exhibition. Just for fun, here is a Russian animation to that music.

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Santa Cruz Open Studios!
This coming weekend, and the weekend after, my studio will be open for visitors to stop by and see my work. Come on down!
Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10
Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17
10am – 5pm each day
816 Hanover St., Santa Cruz

I hope to see you there!