20 January 2018 at Limbo Margate
8 February 2018 at Flat Time House London
Artist Holly Slingsby will be in conversation with writer Beth Bramich to celebrate the publication of Knotted Mass II. Knotted Mass II is an artist’s book developed from Slingsby’s 2016 performance of the same name at our pop-up project, Finishing Touch, London.
This work evolved from her research into the language of hair in the narratives of pop-cultural and mythical figures. It took place by candlelight, drawing from a rich selection of images, where hair is both subject and object, exploring its significance in popular culture, history, mythology and religion. Knotted Mass II includes texts and images from the performance, new drawings, photographic documentation, and a specially commissioned text by Beth Bramich. Books available to buy at the launch include a special edition bookmark with a strand of the artist’s hair.
Holly Slingsby works across performance, objects and video, using the ancient as a mirror to view the present with. She reinvents traditional depictions of holy figures to explore their impact and relevance now, often taking the form of rites or staged miracles. Her recent performances have been at venues including Turner Contemporary, Margate; and Bòlit, Centre d’Art Contemporani, Girona, Spain.
Beth Bramich is a writer. She writes reviews, critical texts and essays, and has contributed to Art Monthly, frieze, Apollo Magazine and this is tomorrow.