Alice Anderson / Kirsty Buchanan / Annabel Dover / Georgie Flood / Andrea Hannon / Paul Kindersley / Hayley Lock / Cathy Lomax /
Alli Sharma / Corinna Spencer / Mark Scott Wood / Jessica Voorsanger

4 - 27 May 2012



Hayley Lock has looked closely at the intriguing relationship, both real and imagined, of the occultist Aleister Crowley and his vixen Leila Ida Nerissa Bathurst Waddell, whom he branded between the breasts with the mark of the beast and affectionately called L.A.Y.L.A.H. Lock’s work looks at notions of obsessive love through ritualistic and imaginative belief systems citing known Crowley quotations with symbols of re-creation and violence. Recognising Stendhal's theory of crystallization as a journey of romantic love, Lock uses Crowley and Laylah's relationship. To reiterate that falling in love can be deemed a form of mental illness containing irrational thoughts, obsessive behaviour and sickness.

Hayley Lock studied at Goldsmiths College of Art, London, and she lives and works in Suffolk. Previous exhibitions include (Now that would be) Telling at Transition Gallery, London; Ickworth House, Suffolk; Brantwood House, Cumbria; Dr Johnsons House, London; and A La Ronde, Devon.





Hayley Lock talks about L.A.Y.L.A.H at The Aesthetic Trust


Hayley Lock's work installed at Down Stairs. Photo Corinna Spencer.
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Meter Room,
Coventry, 8 June - 8 July 2012
Down Stairs at Great Brampton House, Herefordshire, 30 Sep - 18 Nov 2012

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