Volume III;

Limbs, Locusts and Lavender

Curated by Molly Stephenson and Iona Mackenzie

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

Linsey Gosper

Litha

2020

C-type print

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 

2020

Digital media & text 

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

2020

Paper, twine, ribbon and fabric

25cm circumference 

Ksenia Markolova

The Intrapersonal totem

2020

Mixed media objects-subjects

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'

2020

Fabric quilt with twine

820 x 560mm

Ksenia Markolova

The Intrapersonal totem

2020

Mixed media objects-subjects

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

2020

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

Caoife Power

A Room in Place of a Question

2020
Collage on Microsoft Powerpoint 
Dimensions Variable

Tilda Clarke

Clay

2020

Maddy Anderson

Window Stills

2020

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

Linsey Gosper

Ostara

2020

C-type print