Volume III;

Limbs, Locusts and Lavender

Curated by Molly Stephenson & Iona Mackenzie

Linsey Gosper / Caitlin Royce / Ksenia Markelova / Phoebe Beard / Brodie Kokkinos / Maddy Anderson / Caoife Power / Tilda Clarke 

Linsey Gosper

Litha

C-type print

2020

The image was taken during the performance of ritual praxis and spell work. The practice of ritual has encouraged a sensitivity and awareness of the world around me, that which I can and can’t see. This work engages with and honours the cycles of the natural world and their energetic counterparts. The intelligence of the seasons, elements, animals, and plants in particular act as a mirror and a medicine, for what can be experienced externally is also felt internally. At this time our relationship to the environment is increasingly significant and fragile, and looking to the natural world for ways we can work to foster a balanced relationship is crucial. Through ritual I experience the world in absolute connectedness and with increased sensory pleasure and beauty. It is this wisdom that I turn to in challenging times, to be able to soften into the unexpected and uncomfortable with more ease and trust.

Caitlin Royce

Crystalline Ray of Light

Digital media & text 

2020

She entered a room of glass brick and damp earth, a pit was sunk in its middle. A bulb hung low into its centre shooting reflective beams of lilac light off each silver cushion strewn about the pit. Around it grew a wild garden of tropical plants, Strelitzia towered above the rest, their beaks stretched wide open in bright pink and orange prayer and glossy Nicolai fanned out below in their honour. She sunk into the pit like a warm bath; in awe of dirt under her feet and the low hum of bare bulb she truly knew that nothing mattered anymore. As she felt the immense weight of futurity lifting she noticed the dirt around her had become infested with insects. Caelifera, Acrididae and Gregaria were rapidly annihilating the giant flora and lush undergrowth, in minutes the garden had been completely vanquished by bug. Everything solid in the room evaporated and she felt her body begin to dissolve along with it limb by limb, but instead of horror she felt tranquility, as though she were being completely absolved. From here on out she was forever becoming, not fading. It wasn’t about dying anymore, it was about leaping forward. 

Phoebe Beard

Morning Star Mask

Paper, twine, ribbon & fabric

25cm circumference 

2020

Ksenia Markolova

The Intrapersonal Totem

Mixed media objects-subjects

2020

A Moon horn become the mask of demon.

A red flame and a blue fire.

And an alien between them.

 

The only desire

Of three hypostases

Is finding their name

And their true genesis.

 

The Intrapersonal totem: The Moon Horn (blue) — transformative power. The Basis Essence (red) — the basis. The Toxic Intervention (green) — an alien from the inside or from the outside.

Phoebe Beard

Keep Vigil

Fabric quilt with twine

820 x 560mm

2020

Ksenia Markolova

The Intrapersonal Totem

Mixed media objects-subjects

2020

Brodie Kokkinos

Cold, Cold Cheek

2020

'Cold, Cold Cheek' is a new video piece of whispering poetry at close proximity in response to Quivering in Quarantine. Between bed sheets an intimate performance will occur. Over time softly spoken words wash over textures tanalising the skin. This performance piece reflects the experience of laying closely with someone. In times of isolation we lose sense of closeness and connection with others, this work explores these ideas through the medium of video. Playing node to the genre of asmr, this performance will relay soft and soothing sounds accompanied by silky soft textures, and close ups of skin interacting within this environment. “ When someone speaks to us softly, touches us gently or looks at us in a caring way, our brains are trained to know that this person is here to help us. And now we can relax, because we feel safe (Schonfeld, 2018)”. Cold, cold, cheek presses back at feelings of fear and isolation but virtually engaging with intimacy and care. A script fabricated from the essence of skin care products, this piece engages with the language around skin care and self care. Our hair, our skin, our armpits, and our faces are all sites for desire, and simultaneously for hope.

Maddy Anderson

Window Stills

3D printed PLA, terracotta, stoneware, stainless steel, chia, glass, mixed media, found objects

2020

Caoife Power

A Room in Place of a Question
Collage on Microsoft Powerpoint

2020

Tilda Clarke

Clay

2020

Maddy Anderson

Window Stills

3D printed PLA, terracotta, stoneware, stainless steel, chia, glass, mixed media, found objects

2020

Linsey Gosper

Ostara

C-type print

2020