Ritual and Rites aims to explore new perspectives on how supernatural powers, part of the mythologies and folklore, of multiple cultures and cosmogonies, can be used today as a tool to examine “human nature” cross-cultural contexts as well as investigating the societal, evolutionary and psychological significance of ritual and rites process and form with regard to understanding what constitutes ‘human nature’ today.
Artcore invited artists to examine the key categories of magico-religious belief and practice used by anthropologists (including myth, ritual, witchcraft and shamanism), as well as surveying theories regarding the continued importance of ritual and rites in a contemporary, globalised world with regard to topics such identity, shamanism, new magic and folklore.
The exhibition is seeking to encourage originality and to challenge the norms with regard to the way we approach this topic as well as engaging critically with the way that we think about contemporary rituals and cultural difference, and to reflect on the kinds of cultural biases that we all employ when thinking about social, cultural or ethnic groups different to our own.
I have applied together with my friend, an artist Sara Jayne Harris, firstly because it’s a slightly remote location but more importantly that the call echoed both of our artistic oeuvre. We were extremely lucky to have both of our works accepted. Since it’s in Derby, unfortunately non of us could attend the opening night although we were reassured as when we came to bring our works there was a fantastically curated exhibition still on show called “On being an artist” which reflected on the participating artists two year journey to shine the light on what it’s like to be an artist today.
The work on the plinth on the left – The Core is about our concerns with identity in the rapidly changing world. Is there the essence of who we are that is immutable? Do we cherish it or do we conform to the challenges of the new digital era?
I also applied with “Hug” sculpture – two felted arms coming out of the wall as well as with the painting which I created a while ago. Surprisingly all three works were accepted because the centre curated this exhibition through their three halls.