by Rose Higham-Stainton
Two colour Risograph printed wrap around cover
Hand bound & finished
In this visual-textual essay, Agnes Martin, Beverly Buchanan, Nancy Holt, Agnes Denes, Rebecca Solnit, Sylvia Plath, Viviane Gornick and the anchoresses of East Anglia are brought together for their recall of early hermeticism, and the solitude of desert fathers in vast open spaces. From the act of pious contemplation to the act of painting and writing, these women breach time and space as a liminal and unified she.
Herēma is where we listen to the monolith creak.
Rose Higham-Stainton writes about art, literature and aesthetics, through feminist thought. Her writing is held in the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths College and has been published by PIN—UP Magazine, MAP Magazine, Ache, SPAM, Sticky Fingers Publishing in their Dead Lovers series, and in anthologies like Field Work: New Nature Writing from East Anglia. She has a Masters in Writing from Royal College of Art and her thesis project Three Graces, and Voids is distributed worldwide by Antenne Books. Revised extracts appear in Cusp: Feminist Writing on Bodies, Myth & Magic (published by Ache) and in the forthcoming issue of Parisian print magazine Skirt Chronicles.
Because the desert is not empty, publication proceeds will go to medical aid for Palestine.