A drawing of a grey bearded man with a crown on leaves holding a long stick over their shoulder with a person wearing red trousers tied to it.


20th January 16.00-17.30

LIMBO 2 Bilton Square


CT9 1EE   

8th February 19.00-21.00

Flat Time House

210 Bellenden Rd


SE15 4BW

Holly Slingsby / Knotted Mass II Book launch and in conversation.

20 January 2018 at Limbo Margate and

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.

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.

 Artwork titled Joan vs Britney by Holly Slingsby. Two photographs are held up to the camera, the photo to the left shows, Joan of Arc played by Maria Falconetti in the 1928 film ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc, her hair is being cut with scissors. The second photo , to the right, shows Britney Spears clutching the back of her partially shaved head.

Knotted Mass II is published by Publication Studio London in collaboration with The Bower.

We would like to thank The Elephant Trust and Arts Council England – Grants for the Arts for generously funding this project. 

Available to purchase here