Away with the Birds ~ Hanna Tuulikki

The cover designer of Magpie Magazine Issue Five, Hanna Tuulikki, has a mesmerising project in the works. Air falbh leis na h-eòin is a body of work exploring the mimesis of birds in Gaelic song. In 2014 it becomes a sited performance and installation, made for the Isle of Canna, as part of Culture 2014. It is created by an inter-disciplinary team of visual artists, musicians, textile artists, dancers, writers, sound recordists, ornithologists, conservationists and anthropologists.

Hanna’s vocal composition, Guth an Eòin | Voice of the Bird sits at the heart of the project. It’s written for a female vocal ensemble, reinterpreting archive, fragmenting and re-weaving extracts of Gaelic songs into an extended soundscape growing out of and responding to landscape. It explores the delicate nature of island-life, the co-existence of history and innovation, the relationships between bird, man and land.

Alongside beautiful reproductions of photographs and paintings, our publication ‘Viriditas: an Anthology of Contemporary Women Artists’ includes in-depth interviews with each artist & six chapters exploring the intrinsic themes that connect their practice:Chapter One - ViriditasLatin for the ‘green force of life’. We explore how our title theme - the spirit of ‘Viriditas’ - pulses through the work of the women featured within our pages.Chapter Two - RitualsInvestigating the artist’s fascination with ritual, performance and dance, symbolic and intuitive practices, and their unconscious thoughts and dreams. Chapter Three - Wild WomanExploring women’s specific connection to the primal and questioning dualistic concepts surrounding gender and nature.Chapter Four - BlossomingCelebrating the female body and feminine sensuality in their work - from their perspective - our artists subvert the concept of the ‘male gaze’. Chapter Five - SelfPresenting the art of self-portraiture, exploring the creative collaborations between these women and their specific relationships to place.Chapter Six - Eternal CirclesOur final chapter turns attention to one of the most intrinsic themes weaving throughout our artists work; the eternal circle of life, death and rebirth.
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Photograph by Misma Andrews

Alongside beautiful reproductions of photographs and paintings, our publication Viriditas: an Anthology of Contemporary Women Artists’ includes in-depth interviews with each artist & six chapters exploring the intrinsic themes that connect their practice:

Chapter One - Viriditas
Latin for the ‘green force of life’. We explore how our title theme - the spirit of ‘Viriditas’ - pulses through the work of the women featured within our pages.

Chapter Two - Rituals
Investigating the artist’s fascination with ritual, performance and dance, symbolic and intuitive practices, and their unconscious thoughts and dreams. 

Chapter Three - Wild Woman
Exploring women’s specific connection to the primal and questioning dualistic concepts surrounding gender and nature.

Chapter Four - Blossoming
Celebrating the female body and feminine sensuality in their work - from their perspective - our artists subvert the concept of the ‘male gaze’. 

Chapter Five - Self
Presenting the art of self-portraiture, exploring the creative collaborations between these women and their specific relationships to place.

Chapter Six - Eternal Circles
Our final chapter turns attention to one of the most intrinsic themes weaving throughout our artists work; the eternal circle of life, death and rebirth.

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Photograph by Misma Andrews

Magpie Magazine presents Viriditas: an anthology of contemporary women artists. 

A new publication showcasing emerging talent from an international array of women whose work ranges from intimate self portraits to ritualistic group performances, experimental photography to intricate paintings drawn from dreams.

Featuring in-depth interviews with artists, each chapter explores the intrinsic themes weaving within their work: creating myths for the modern day, embracing the sensual, becoming both creator and muse, confronting the eternal circle of life and death, and exploring our relationship with the natural world and our own inner primal nature. 

Springing from the pantheon of artists before them, the female Surrealists in the 20s to the Feminist artists in the 60s and 70s, the artists in this collection re-address earlier questions and present a fresh perspective on subjects that are still important today.  

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156 Pages.

Limited edition of 500.

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Featuring the work of:

Aëla Labbé

Alison Scarpulla

Amanda Charchian

Ana Noble

Anouska Beckwith

Brigette Bloom

Cendrine Rovini

Charmagne Coe

Collette St Yves

Dara Scully

Eden Nova

Ellen Rogers

Ema Ema Ema

Jeanne Madic

Kris Hatch

Leanne Surfleet

Mary Herrera

Misma Andrews

Nathalie Tacheau

Nicol Vizioli

Nomi McLeod

Prue Stent

Rebecca Cusworth

Samantha Sweeting

Sara Falli

Shana Robbins

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‘Viriditas’ is a latin word conjured by the 10th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen.  It symbolises verdant blooming and the vital pulse, the soul essence of all things. It is the holy greening power, the driving force of the cosmos and the higher soul self. It is feminine energy: giving life, birthing. 

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