Transition Projects

 



Witch Marks

Bridgette Ashton, Jennifer Caroline Campbell, Selena Chandler,
Hayley Lock, Cathy Lomax, Matilda Moors, Lili Spain

13-16 June 2024
 
Sluice [vernacular]: Colchester 2024
The Minories, Colchester, Essex

 

 


Witch Marks
features a small group of mixed media artists, whose work responds to evidential manifestations of witchcraft in Colchester and the locale, alongside a consideration of the broader implications of the rising interest in witchcraft in the art world.

A witch mark, like so many things connected to witchcraft, has multiple meanings. On the one hand it is a bodily mark (usually scratches or a wart) that is read as evidence that the bearer is a witch. Alternatively, it is a ritual protection symbol (or apotropaic mark), usually found on stone or woodwork near a building’s entrance, which is believed to protect inhabitants and visitors from witches and evil spirits. Essex has close historic connections with witchcraft, most notably the witch trials of the 16th and 17th centuries, a subject that is well represented in local culture as evidenced by two recent exhibitions: Wicked Spirits? Witchcraft + Magic at Colchester Castle, and I Put a Spell on You at Art Exchange, University of Essex. Witch Marks positions itself alongside these exhibitions whilst also considering and questioning the current vogue in contemporary art for esoteric art practices and the supernatural