I am honored to be a part of an upcoming series of portraits, "Major Arcana: Witches in America," by Frances F. Denny. Below is her description of the show:
"I'm pleased to share a new series of portraits, "Major Arcana: Witches in America," which will debut in my second solo exhibition at ClampArt in New York City. The show opens October 4th (save the date!), and will run through November 24th.
The initial inspiration for "Major Arcana" came during research for a prior body of work: I discovered that my 10th great-grandfather presided as a judge in the Salem witch trials, and additionally, that my 8th great-grandmother (no relation to the judge), was an accused "witch" in another Massachusetts town. The coincidence led me to consider the witch as more than a mysterious archetype–and scapegoat–shrouded in the dark folds of history. It is also a modern identity, relevant to thousands of individuals who claim "witch" for themselves in various capacities.
Each person photographed for "Major Arcana" pursues a form of witchcraft, whether aligned with a religion (like Wicca or Voudou) or a self-defined practice. No two individuals inhabit the term “witch” in quite the same way, but many consider themselves pagan, and engage in a diversity of traditions, including: mysticism, occultism, politically-oriented activism, polytheism, ritualized "spell-craft," and plant-based healing. Among those included in the series are self-proclaimed green witches, white witches, kitchen witches, hedge witches, and sex witches. “Witch” is a mutable term, belonging to a wide spectrum of people. "Major Arcana" reflects that spectrum, re-framing the witch as a feminist archetype and the contemporary embodiment of a defiant, unsanctioned femininity.
"Major Arcana" is now on view on my website (and on ClampArt's site). Please feel free to reach out about print sales, press inquiries, or with any questions about the project. I look forward to hearing from you!
Wishing you a magical summer,
Frances F. Denny"