colleen keough
Snake Medicine series
2016
“I followed Jupiter through the branches to the tippy top,
above the clatter of human bones shuffling to and fro
 
I put on the neon shoes and bo peep mantras
 
I cut cords and tied ribbons around precious embodiments
 
I scored the movement with colored pencils and rivers for fingers
 
I blur time and spin light, but can’t seem to catch the right wind”

Excerpt From: “Snake Medicine.”

Snake Medicine is a book, photographic series and performance work 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 for actions and rituals for the viewer to perform to shed skins and honor loss. Symbolically marking space and time through performance 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.
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