Lithographs: 2008 – 2010
How the Twins Cheated the Gods of Death
These images are a reflection upon the cycle of life and death. Specifically, they honour the passing of a generation whose lives were deeply marked by the Second World War, and celebrate the birth of a new generation. They also reference the Mayan myth of death and the renewal of life told in the Popol Vuh.
These images depict a night of Carnival, in which hybrid beings move through an ambiguous dreamlike narrative.
Stone Bone Boogie
Life and Death are indivisible. Atoms dance even in stone and bone. Dance is the essence of life and the human skeleton symbolizes Death.
To view the Stone Bone Boogie animation on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tELx7Gpuh9I
The roots of Hallowe’en and the Mexican Day of the Dead lie deep in the past. El Dia de los Muertos originated as an Aztec ritual that celebrated the dead ancestors. Hallowe’en is based on the Celtic festival of Samhain that celebrates the “lighter half” of the year and the beginning of the “darker half”. The ancient Celts called it the Thin Time, when the veil between the worlds is thin, allowing spirits of all kinds to slip through.
200 artists were invited by Tamsyn Challenger to portray & memorialise the many murdered women in Ciudad Juarez (on the Mexico/USA border.) The first exhibition was in Shoreditch Town Hall, 2010. It subsequently toured to the Edinburgh Festival, 2011 & Amsterdam, 2012.