Please join us in welcoming Christine Sefelosha to London from Montreux, Switzerland. It’s a huge honour to have Christine’s unique visionary & mystical work on show here alongside that of our very own Cathy Ward, where they have created an exhibition exploring harvest season deep myths and leading to the Autumn Equinox. Held in the special subterranean ambiance of The Gardner Room, it will be their first physical meeting, although they were showed together in ‘Chthonic!: Works by Nueve Invention Artists’ 2005 at the Cavin Morris Gallery, New York.
Alchemical works on paper will be displayed alongside specially made paper lantern sculptures to welcome visitors to the exhibition.
The works of both artists have explored crossing over into spiritual otherworlds & underworlds. Sefelosha especially with her shamanistic dark shadow works which reach into another realm. Here we create manifestations on dark goddess archetypes, dark moon women, unseen transformative energies generated from beneath the earth by tapping into our intuitive subconscious. The regenerative myth Ward has gone back to many times in her work personified with her ‘Corn Maidens’ drawings especially, and Persephone being brought back to the living from her stolen life with Hades in the underworld, by her mother Demeter. The Autumn Equinox is a powerful transformative time which celebrates these untamed transformative magical goddesses.
About the artists’ two-person exhibition at The Atlantis Bookshop, Edward M Gómez notes, “Cathy Ward and Christine Sefolosha both create art whose spirit emerges from the farthest depths of the psyche. Both of these artists are conjurers of potent, mysterious images that, individually and together, convey a rich sense of primordial forces, dream-world fantasy, and uncertain, free-floating emotion. At once raw and refined, their works are shot through with impulsive, expressionistic energy even as they more quietly exude some kind of odd and seductive, irresistibly edgy charm.”
The art critic, art historian, and curator Edward M. Gómez is the editor in chief of brutjournal and the former senior editor of the outsider-art magazine Raw Vision. Over the years, he has closely followed the development of Cathy Ward’s and Christine Sefolosha’s ideas about art and of the approaches each artist has taken to producing her distinctive body of work.