I have an essay about the ritual of art making and how it becomes an act of resistance in itself.
I mix sacred soil into my paints and sprinkle brick dust in between layers. This is all part of a process I use to create portals to land and spirit with my paintings. I travel to historical places filming sites that have remained and reinvented themselves over time, slicing the pieces together to create visual spells. My art in all it's forms becomes a doorway to those who have come before us, allowing those spirits to breath new life and channel the energy into the land creating energetic shifts in the paradigm. The acts of merging history, art, and spirit become a sigil of resistance. I am waking this energy through creation, beauty, and ritual. I will be discussing art as ritual, the gathering of materials as well as visualization through creation and how sharing these pieces with others forms a magic spell within itself.
BECOMING DANGEROUS is a nonfiction book of deeply personal essays by marginalised people using the intersection of feminism, witchcraft, and resistance to summon power and become fearsome in a world that would prefer them afraid. With contributions from twenty witchy femmes, queer conjurers, and magical rebels, BECOMING DANGEROUS is a book of intelligent and challenging essays that will resonate with anyone who’s ever looked for answers outside the typical places.
The latest book from Fiction & Feeling, a new and independent UK publishing company, the book is edited by me, Katie West, and Jasmine Elliott. From ritualistic skincare routines to gardening; from becoming your own higher power to searching for a legendary Scottish warrior woman; from the fashion magick of brujas to cripple-witch city-magic; from shoreline rituals to psychotherapy—this book is for people who know that now is the time, now is the hour, ours is the magic, ours is the power.