Inspired by a combination of Norman Lindsay’s etchings and writings on medicinal witchcraft through history, this series is an exploration of the ideals held by witch hunting Catholics between the 5th and 16th centuries.
It was believed by those in the church and state – the same men who funded organised witch hunts for centuries – that witches, who were public health providers for peasants and anyone who couldn’t afford a university trained Doctor (a study women were legally banned from pursuing), derived their power from their sexuality and were worthy of death for not only their perceived wrong doings but also for their lay healing practices, as they threatened the publics belief in the church and it’s power.
A witch’s career supposedly began with sexual intercourse with the devil. In return for her powers the witch would then serve him faithfully and was said to then infect men with uncontrollable lust.
MUA: Isabel Musidora
SFX: J.S. Birnie
Black and white 120mm shots on slow release. Watch this space.