colleen keough
Snake Medicine sereis
2016
“He sat on a wicker chair in half lotus position.
 
She, a severed head spoke to me with eyes sunk towards the back of her skull.
 
(This was the dream)
 
They asked me to speak of death and I recoiled.
 
What do I know of death?
 
Then in a flash,
I recalled dying hundreds of times, thousands of times.

For eons, upon eons, upon eons.”

Excerpt From: Colleen Keough. “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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