“The forces continue on through unconscious interplay . . .”
Elizabeth Insogna, Flying Ointment #1 (offering for Datura), 2019, reduction fired stoneware, 13 x 6 x 7
In one current work I’m creating the shudder of vulture wings in clay, an ode to the predatory birds my wife (Karen Heagle) creates through painting and image making. My sculpture, with the working title, Secret Passageway, though an abstracted version of this shudder, is a direct line to shadow work and the circle of life, and also the container for Persephone’s path to the underground in winter and subsequent separation from her mother. This work will hold, once completed so many dried Artemisia Vulgaris and Absinthium plants inside her through secret doors like puzzle pieces that are integrated into the architecture of the sculpture. This work is in direct relationship to the conversations with my mentor and collaborator Kay Turner in her work and projects with the myth of Persephone in her role as performer and folklorist.
The dried elements of the Artemisias that live through her intoxicating scent – a scent – as in Artemisia Vulgaris – that goes right into the witches’ nose (Kay Turner) and into her brain, transmission to the dream realm and direct down Hecate’s path. I see this transference as the interplay of magic and the attempt to unite the magical intension into reality, the “real world”. Not to say that I won’t make magically empowered images again, but for now I am focused on the power of my magic to connect to other beings through the stealth and identity with the real world, as an object in the world that can be touched, felt, sniffed and at times picked up, imprinted and able to receive the information given.
Elizabeth Insogna, Cronewort thorned, throned with her ghost, (Ghost of Henbane), 2019, Glazed Porcelain, Two Artemisias, dreamwork, possibly poke, variable dimensions.
“. . . the attempt to unite the magical intension into reality . . .”
 What a Witch, Part 6; Before and After: What the Witch’s Nose Knows That Andy Warhol’s Nose Doesn’t Know; Conceived and Directed by Kay Turner in partnership with photographer Rosina Lardieri, assisted by Maxine Henryson, Zhenya Merkulova, Amanda Weil, Lily Koppel, and Erick Benavides
[December, 7, 2017, 6:30-9:00pm, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY]
Elizabeth Insogna, Cronewort, 2019, reduction fired stoneware, 17 x 6 x 4.