Monologues: patriarchal traditions and the New Age (drawing), 2018
Originally built by nineteenth century fraternal order, the Knights of Pythias, the Western Front’s upstairs performance space (on which this drawing is based) was likely the site of ritual and rite.
Considering the project’s focus on alternative feminine religious practices of the nineteenth century, their involvement with bodily healing and relationship to the ‘gentleman doctor’, I was excited to find hundreds of doctor's notes in a box of discarded ephemera. Alongside letters and a membership booklet from 1947, it became obvious that the Knights was among other things, a prototypical health Insurance provider.
The elevation plan has been adjusted: three extra chairs have been added so that the full complement of Artists Mystics Suffragettes A-Z may be seated.