On Delphyne: Part 4

Smoke and Visions Rosie Dahlstrom: digital collage of Delphyne with a cigarette, 2018 'Feet don't fail me now,Take me to the finish line,Oh, my heart, it breaks every step that I take,But I'm hoping at the gates, they'll tell me that you're mine.'Lana Del Rey, 'Born to Die' (from Born to Die, Polyador/Interscope Records, 2012)… Continue reading On Delphyne: Part 4

On Confessions

“The confession has spread its effects far and wide. It plays a part in justice, medicine, education, family relationships, and love relations, in the most ordinary affairs of everyday life, and in the most solemn rites; one confesses one's crimes, one's sins, one's thoughts and desires, one's illnesses and troubles; one goes about telling, with… Continue reading On Confessions

On Françoise Sagan and Sally Rooney

This is a comparative study of two novels by Françoise Sagan (b. 1935, Cajarc, France) and Sally Rooney (b. 1991, County Mayo, Ireland). Just for fun. I read Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends (2017) straight after consuming her second book Normal People (2018) which my mum had lent me. It was when my parents were down visiting… Continue reading On Françoise Sagan and Sally Rooney

On London Art Book Fair

"We must take over the means of production in order to create our own meanings." riot grrrl manifesto, 1991 Some notes from visiting the London Art Book Fair at Whitechapel Gallery, 5th - 8th September. I listened to a few speakers at some of the events, small publishers and artists talking about what they do,… Continue reading On London Art Book Fair

On Delphyne: Part 3

Gender Many female figures involved in Christian history have transcended their given gender roles in varying ways, as we remember from the earlier examples of Joan of Arc, Abbess Benedetta or Pope Joan. For some female would-be saints their male guise was to prove how special and godly they were, that their divine purpose could… Continue reading On Delphyne: Part 3

On Delphyne: Part 2

Martyrdom 'One of the signs of a true seer was the feeling of unworthiness, of not meriting God's grace. What better way to show this than to ask God for physical suffering? Many female saints had undertaken such penitance and had been blessed with debilitating ailments that allowed them to exercise both their humility and… Continue reading On Delphyne: Part 2

On Delphyne: Part 1

Lord, either let me suffer or let me die ... Some notes on the things I find interesting that feed into, inform, the content of my project Delphyne: Guardian of the Oracle of Delphi. This project considers the relationship between women and belief, women and religion, women and hereticism and fanaticism, the idea of being… Continue reading On Delphyne: Part 1

On ‘The Uncanny’

There is in fact a path from phantasy back to reality again - and that is art. Sigmund Freud, 'Introductory Lectures', 1922 Freud's essay on 'The Uncanny' is one of those seminal texts that was always brought up throughout my art-life, especially in my undergrad in GSA, and particularly 2nd year in which everything we made… Continue reading On ‘The Uncanny’