Katharine Dowson has long been fascinated with what goes on inside our bodies, and with the symbolic objects and actions that are linked to healing body and mind.
In this installation, Concealed Shield takes place inside a symbolic chimney, and possibly inside the heads of viewers wanting to protect their homes. The sounds in the dark room suggest the presence of unseen creatures, imagined to be concealed in the fabric of the walls. On entering the dark space, the viewer may experience the feeling of being surrounded by mysterious forces and by scurring beast-like demons. The red shadows on the wall point to the piercing of the witch's heart.
The exhibition "Spellbound: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft" runs from 31st Aug 2018 - 6th Jan 2019 at the Ashmolean in Oxford.