‘Scarlet Women’ group exhibition opening this weekend

11 Dec 2021 - 08 Mar 2022  ︎  Atelier Melusine, FRANCE

For  show and program information visit here

For Collaborators and other artists visit here

About my piece ‘For the Women Girt with the Sword’

Very excited to share that my A/V video installation ‘For the Women Girt with the Sword’ was selected as part of the Scarlet Women exhibition, showing in France at the Atelier Melusine opening this week 11 Dec – 08 March . Curated by Manon Hedenborg White (author of ‘The Eloquent Blood‘) and Sally Annett, artist and Founder of Atelier Melusine.

My piece consists of cassette tape narrations from Ch 4 of Jack Parson’s Freedom is a Two-Edged Sword cut between video art and the tape loop disintegration ritual offering. Originally shown at Coaxial Media Arts Festival, with a few added edits.

More about the piece could be found ︎︎︎ here.

Opening reception: 14:00 — 11 December 2021  — Château Mareuil, ATELIER MELUSINE La Trimouille 86290. Along with a weekend of on-site and hybrid panels and dialogues on the Scarlet Woman figure in history and religion. Info below.

The project emerges from discussions around the lost narratives of women throughout (religious) history in the West; of why women’s histories and languages, often oral mythologies, craft, agricultural and medicinal practices have not just been lost and altered but destroyed? Over the centuries, the suppressed female creatrix has re-emerged as the Mother of Abominations; Babalon the Great. Often interpreted as courtesan, prostitute, harlot, unmarried mother, the barren wife, the possessed or insane, the crone or witch. Also envisioned in the forms of Kali, Medusa, Mary Magdalene and Eve; the feminine pariah draws power from the transgression of boundaries between perversion and purity; holy and profane. 

‘The Scarlet Women project’ is led and produced by artist Sally Annett and historian of religion Dr Manon Hedenborg White and addresses concepts of the divine and suppressed feminine in her pariah aspects, often unnamed but hidden in plain sight.

The exhibition offers contemporary imaginings and manifestations of the ‘Scarlet Woman’. These take the form of audio-visual installation, photographs, films, prints, paintings, collage, sculpture, text and artefacts as well as a region wide scarlet trail. Based in the ATELIER MELUSINE in the French town of La Trimouille and the nearby Château Mareuil the work presents the Scarlet Women from a female perspective. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of expert lectures, panels and dialogues exploring the iconic feminine form from the Western esoteric, contemporary combined arts and ancient biblical and Talmudic perspective.