Knotted Mass II

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Holly Slingsby, ‘Knotted Mass II’, 2016–18. Courtesy the artist.

‘Knotted Mass II’ is an artist’s book developed from Holly Slingsby’s 2016 performance of the same name at The Bower’s pop-up project, Finishing Touch, London. This work evolved from her research into the language of hair in the narratives of pop-cultural and mythical figures. It took place by candlelight, drawing from a rich selection of images, where hair is both subject and object, exploring its significance in popular culture, history, mythology and religion. ‘Knotted Mass II’ includes texts and images from the performance, new drawings, photographic documentation, and a specially commissioned text by Beth Bramich.

The publication was launched with two in-conversation events at Limbo, Margate, and at Flat Time House, London, in January 2018. 

‘Knotted Mass II’ is published by Publication Studio London in collaboration with The Bower, and with the support of The Elephant Trust and Arts Council England – Grants for the Arts.


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