HEO+3 Ex Voto Violence and Healing Artist’s Statements 13-17

Images: Kim Thornton.

Kim Thornton – from left, Hestia and the Daily Miracles Sunday, Hestia and the Daily Miracles Thursday, and Hestia and the Daily Miracles Saturday, Digital prints mounted on aluminium 21 x 14.8cm, £80 each, ed. of 25 + 2AP, kimthornton.co.uk
This series of ex-votos gives thanks to Hestia, Greek goddess of hearth and home, for the miraculous deliverance from the daily mess in my kitchen.

Written by Claire Dorey

This is the last post looking at the individual art and statements from the artists taking part in Ex Voto Violence in Healing and the individual ways that the artists interpreted the brief. Artists work is displayed in alphabetical order. The following artists are looking at divine miracles and mess in the home; the miracle of birth and the tragedy of loss; love, nurture and intimacy; hopes, fears and gratitude offerings at pilgrim wells and sacred trees; and finally a fitting tribute to the healing ‘presence’ of Mexican artist, Frida Khalo. 

Ex Voto Violence and Healing, curated by Claire Dorey, Selena Steele, Maria Beddoes and Jackie Crawford was the second exhibition in the HEO trilogy of exhibitions, following on from Silence Is Over. It was shown at Upstairs at The Ritzy, for two weeks in April 2019.
The exhibtion was in collaboration with consultant psychotherapist John Adlam and Professor Wayne Martin with reference to the book Violent States and Creative States (2018) and in suppport of the important role that Ex Voto can play in Existentail Therapeutic Work via the themes of trauma, spirituality and gratitude, as exploerd in Chapter 16 of Volume 2 of the book. For more information on Violent States and Creative States and on Ex Voto do refer to previous posts if you haven’t already seen them.

Image: Maria Beddoes.


Maria Beddoes – recurring, Acrylic on wooden panel, 33x55cm, NFS, southlondonwomenartists/mariabeddoes
A symbolic recording of pivotal life moments, tracing the recurring coincidence of time and date. A memorial of extreme personal tragedy and loss eclipsed by the celebration of birth, through shared anniversary.

Images from left: Laura Symes, Selena Steele.

Laura Symes – Drowned, Acrylic on canvas, 30x40cm, £150, laurasymes.wordpress.com, @laurasymesart
The sinking figure could be praying to a (modern) Madonna and child in their hour of need or remembering a precious moment of love, nurture and intimacy. I paint in oils and acrylic. I also work in various dry and mixed media and mosaic.

Selena Steele – Goddess 1, Goddess 2 and Goddess 3, ceramic and found objects, 19x11cm, £85 each, southlondonwomenartists/selenasteele
Anyone who has visited holy springs, ancient wells, and sacred trees, will have seen the offerings left by pilgrims. Those fragments, so full of meaning, carrying hopes, fears and gratitude to the resident deity. My pieces represent goddesses of such places with votive offerings gathered into their care.

Image: Sheila Fratini

Sheila Fratini – Frida is alive, Mixed media illustration digitally printed on paper, 42x30cm, £200, sheilafratini.com, @sheilafratini
Kahlo’s first self-portrait was ‘Self Portrait in a Velvet dress’. Throughout her life self-portrait is a subject she always returns to as often as I return to her. As a young art student and female artist her appearence in my life was godlike. My work is a celebration of her craft, her legacy and the healing power she still exerts on me. Frida is alive!