Through a series of large and small-scale knotted tapestries, artist Anne Jackson explores the ideas of witchcraft and historic witch-persecution across Europe, both as commemoration and as a metaphor for our contemporary fears.
The word witch often signifies an outsider who is seen as frightening or difficult. She is sometimes seen as the wielder of occult power, sometimes as a healer, and she has often been met by violence. Certaine Wytches will lay bare the dramatic and unsettling experiences brought to life through Anne’s impactful knotted tapestries, and will pose questions about our own beliefs, provoking evocative responses.
“As an American-born Briton, I feel a natural affinity with the outsider-figure of the witch. My work deploys historical texts and original illustrations, along with contemporary scientific and cultural references, to depict the stories of individual women, or to comment on our attempts to exert control over our world and our own lives.”
The exhibition will juxtapose the narratives played out in these contemporary tapestries with authentic historical artefacts from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle.
Alongside these thought provoking works there will be a number of additional events, including a day of artistic and academic discussion at The University of Exeter on 24th April. Free drop-in workshops ‘Make a Witch’s Broomstick’ 9th April and ‘Exploring the Vertues (and Vices) of Herbes’ 13th April, and ’Witch’ a dramatisation by Circle of Spears 2nd May.
Open daily, 10am-5.30pm.
Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF