Softcover, perfect bound,

gold embossed title.

Digitally printed 

110 x 190 mm, 80 pp.

number of illustrations


ISBN 978-0-9932405-4-6

Designed by Sharon Mah

Published & bound by

Publication Studio London / The Bower


Knotted Mass II

Holly Slingsby


Knotted Mass II is an artist's book developed from Sligsby's 2016 performance of the same name at Finishing Touch, in Kennington, which became the precursor to The Bower. 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 performace, new drawings, photographic documentation and a specially comissioned text by Beth Bramich.

Holly Slingsby's practice centres on performance and uses props, costumes and video. She revinvents depictions of holy figures to explore their impace on contemporary culture and politics, using the ancients as a mirror to view the present with. Her pieces often take the form of staged miracles, rites or ceremonies.

Watch Holly and Beth in converstation at Limbo, Margate and Flat Time House, London, celebrating the publication of Knotted Mass II here.

'Joan vs Britney' centrefold available as a limited edition print here 

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

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Holly Slingsby (born 1983,UK) is based in Margate, UK. She studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University (2003-2006) and the Slade School of Art, London (2008-2010). She has had solo exhibitions and performances at Bòlit, Centre d'Art Contemporani, Girona (2016); Tintype, London (2015); DKUK, London (2015); and SHIFT., London (2012). In 2016 she was commissioned to make new work by Kunst Vardo (Norway and UK) and Fermynwoods Contemporary Art (UK). She has exhibited and performed at museums and galleries internationally, including Turner Contemporary, Margate; Katzman Contemporary, Toronto; Matt's Gallery, London; Pump House Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol: Modern Art Oxford; the Freud Museum, London; FEM Festival, Girona, Spain; Art Licks Weekend, London; the ICA, London; and the Barbican, London. In 2018 she took part in the international touring exhibition Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science.

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.