Lilit the Demon: Drawings, Tapestries, and Collage
2019 - Ongoing
My multidisciplinary work Lilit the Empathic Demon has since 2020 explored the insidious side of empathy, empathy fatigue, trauma-healing modalities, and astrology as storytelling through text messages to a growing community of people. This body of work centers on Lilit, an aerial spirit demon with origins in Sumerian, Akkadian, and Judaic mythology. In the 2nd-7th centuries, artist-healers created spells, drawings, and talismanic objects to trap demons who were often named Lilit. Lilit was characterized as a dangerously sexual female entity, and appeared frequently on incantation bowls used in protective rituals. Enthralled by the images inscribed on these ancient objects, I began studying their vocabulary and eventually, developed an interdisciplinary language that revives these practices through a contemporary feminist lens, subverting Lilit’s misogynistic archetype and revamping her image as an Empathic Demon. The demon drawings depict the multiple faces of Lilit.
Installation view at Dreamsong Gallery, 2023