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So this happened today.
Out of the clay grew THE PEOPLES.
And they have a story to tell....
The peoples have holes in their heads.
But they do not know this.
They listen to their own chatter, their own empty conditioning.
They need to be heard, to be right.
The peoples are so very righteous.
They preach to you in their TONGUES OF TRUTH.
They search for ways to fill the emptiness.
They bow in reverence to the external object.
The grotesque has become their everyday...
The absurd has become their rational
The peoples are screaming, but they do not hear....
"Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out."
Arthur C Clarke, The 9 Billion Names of God
Finally I have found a moment to blog about the fantastic show I was very excited to be part of which was hosted and curated by OX Art.
The show was a response to an Arthur C Clarke short story called The 9 Billion Names of God. The story was rich material to work with, holding many metaphors in relation to the human condition, faith, belief and society at large. Please do visit Ox Art's blog to see photos of all the artists work in the show - the show was very diverse!
My response, Leaving the Father's House, focused on the question of 'how do we as humans find meaning in a seemingly meaningless universe'?
I created a fold-able pocket shrine which explored the ideas of personal mythology, objects of power and ritual making activity as ways of finding meaning in our 'arbitrary universe'.
Pictures of my work are below (gallery photos courtesy of Annabel Pettigrew, Ox Art):
I am super excited to be part of an upcoming group show curated and hosted by OX called ‘The Nine Billion Names Of God’. Selected artists have made work in response to the short story ‘The Nine Billion Names Of God’ by Arthur C. Clarke. The show will run for 24 hours only.
Please see the below flyer and this Facebook invite for more details. Really hope to see you there!
"The woman who takes the time to grow herself in the darkness becomes familiar - perhaps for the first time - with the real source and containment of her psychic strength."
"No longer is her strength dissipated in obeying an idealised father figure, in pleasing a lover, in trying to satisfy a perpetually unsatisfied mother figure, in accommodating to a patriarchal organisation or culture, in appeasing the inner witch who tells her she is worthless...."
"....No longer is her strength lost to obeying compulsions, drives, and obsessions that can slip in during the dark night of the soul and substitute for the real thing...."
"....and what is the real thing, the thing for which she longs?...."
".... [it is] the love affair with her own spirit, the inner marriage that commits her to her destiny, the rituals of soul that feed her deepest hunger....."
"..... the sense of being pregnant with her Self, the creative essence"
I am very excited to be exhibiting in the upcoming Contemporary Artists' Books exhibition - at Riverside Gallery, Twickenham, 29 November 2014 to 14 February 2015. This is to coincide with the annual literature festival that is also taking place.
My hand embroidered book Dissociation will be featured, as will my illustrated book Yes, No, Maybe, Crow - with the opportunity to buy limited edition copies of the latter.
It would be great to see you there. I shall keep you updated!