Modern Spells, 2021
food | glass, anise star, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander seeds, jasmine flowers, ivan chai, nettle
leaves, oregano, yarrow, calendula, roses, small balsam, cornflower, elderflower, horsetail, papaya seeds, cubensis b+, wood ear, mugwort, st. john’s wort, yin-yang six herbs: snow fungus, lily bulb (百合 bai he), lotus seeds (莲子 lian zi), dried longan (桂圓/龙眼 gui yuan), ginger, green pepper | 22x140x14cm | personal

concept and menu: gal sherizly
presented in WOMXN IN LABOUR group show, 27.08-29.09.2021

“one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs. [...] any woman born with a great gift in the sixteenth century would certainly have gone crazed, shot herself, or ended her days in some lonely cottage outside the village, half witch, half wizard, feared and mocked at.” – a room of one’s own, virginia woolf.

we have heard enough stories about the hero and his wars, oppression, killing, and conquering–the his-story. the rise of capitalism, and the subsequent expropriation of communal land and values, has led to violation of livelihood and labour. the increased interest in scientific mechanisms reflects the alienation from natural medicinal practices–the intuitive power of our ancestors, the witches. the accusation and execution of witches, specifically of elderly women, is not a known part of conventional his-tories. her-story is of greater importance–the story of a healer, a herbalist, a folk doctor, who transforms natural elements through magic, embodied knowledge, cooking, and preserving for the long lasting.

since she didn’t have a room of her own she found herself isolated in the kitchen–weaving flavours, layering colours, and collaging origins. she manifests a genuine connection to the rhythms of nature. intuitively, she explores the intelligent pharmacy of her surroundings, resisting patriarchy and oppressive constellations that want to deny her given forces.

our future is in the past, the tradition and craft. it doesn’t mean we are standing still, but rather rediscovering what we have forgotten. as we progressed we lost a sense of reciprocal bonds within the community, in collaboration with nature. modern spells is an edible installation that aims to reclaim the kitchen and witchcraft to inform modalities of resistance. each carrier and each dish contain the cure, assembled medicinal remedies from nature.

edible installation | rainforest marble, glass, metal, medicinal edible ingredients | 38x174x77cm

print on paper | prescription menu21x29.7cm

medicinal aperitivo for cleansing spaces
acknowledging, remembering
being in the present moment
preparing for soft and tender landings

modern spells in “better food future” online exhibition initiated by the “food and agriculture organisation of the un”, october 2021

visit the online exhibition