colleen keough
Snake Medicine series
2015
Snake Medicine is a work in progress which explores themes of loss, death, and rebirth. Using snake and the shed of its skin as a metaphor for death and renewal, I examine cycles of loss and regeneration on a personal, biological, and cultural level. In this series I give sets of instructions and rituals for the viewer to perform to shed skins and honor loss. Symbolically marking space and time through performative ritual initiates the process of transmutation, and gives presence to painful experiences that otherwise remain hidden. In the same way, the photographs and photograms provide a visual interpretation of the death, healing, and rebirth narrative.

Snakes powerful symbolism is found in many cultures throughout the world. Snake signifies transmutation and rebirth, cosmic consciousness and the ability to regenerate by shedding its skin. These images mark the beginning of a new series. more to come soon!
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