colleen keough
Snake Medicine series
2016
“Corpse Fetal"

Lie on your back in corpse

Remain there for as long as you wish

Slowly transition to fetal

Remain there for as long as you wish

Repeat as many times as necessary

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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