I grew up on a small aeolian island called Lipari where I was captivated by the endless burlesque of catholic ceremonies and relics.

On returning to London as a child I grieved the apparent death of god. The sacred desperation that filled my hole was the neon Soho back alley notion of the illicit.

In a post orgy world when the great sexual revolutions have all taken place and every foible, kink and persuasion have been exhausted, monetised and advertised, I am fascinated by western consumer culture’s continued preoccupation with sexuality, transgression, and liberation.

Like Bataille says, transgression is not simple hedonism or unrestrained sexual license; rather its power lies in the play between taboo and transgression, through which one systemically constructs and then oversteps all laws (i). In the absence of God, transgression appears to offer the ultimate experience of liberation from self and from failing social structures.

In my work, female sexuality stands as a cypher for the shadow, for the unmanageable depths of the psyche which cannot be disciplined, ordered or contained (ii).

I am interested in the sacro-sexual® aspects of the feminine that hark back to a time before Eve and *that* apple, a time when guilt and shame were not intrinsic aspects of sexuality.

It’s the untameable chaos of Dionysus, projected through the tv eye of Apollo, it’s the creation of ritual art that allows the viewer to process what needs to be released. Because we matter, and our bodies pray for consciousness.

My work embraces the illicit personal and societal shadow because, now more than ever before, what is hidden must be seen.

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i. Urban, Hugh B. Magia Sexualis. Sex, Magic and and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism. University of Calfornia Press. 2006.
ii. Farrar & Farrar. Witches Way. Robert Hale. 1984

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Siena Barnes | CV

Solo Exhibitions

2021 “The Night Star”, Saint Maison, online exhibition
2020 “Give it Back to Her”, online exhibition
2019 “Original Paint”, PRSC, Bristol, UK
2019 “Hysteric Glamour”, Tokyo + Osaka + Nagoya, Japan, Asia
2013 “Labour of Love”, Shed Project Space, Bristol, UK
2013 “High and Coming Up Again”, Finch Gallery, London, UK
2011 “The City Made Me Do It”, Redchurch Street, London, UK
2010 “Charles Manson Disco Show”, Cube Microplex, Bristol, UK

Group Exhibitions

2021 “Bodily Offerings” with Amelia Dodds, Luva Gallery, London, UK
2021 “Goth Shop” with Cathy Ward, Derek Ridgers, Hedley Roberts and more, online
2020 “Home Game” with Bex Massey, Ryan Crudington and more, Saint Mason, online
2019 “Occult Bristol” with Rich Beale and Ryan Broom, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, UK
2019 “May Day May Day” with Arcadia and more, Cube Microplex, Bristol, UK
2017 “Siena Barnes, Ollie Scott”, The Island, Bristol, UK
2016 “Glaze My Cave” with Ann Course, Max Mason, Kay Walsh and more, Studio 1.1, London, UK
2013 “Daddy I Drown” with Her Noise, Greta Pistaceci and more, Supernormal Festival, Oxfordshire, UK
2011 “Folk Art Art” with Ian Liddle, Immo Klink, Jack Duplock and more, Sameheads, Berlin, Europe
2011 “Flight” with Simon Faithfull, Jordan McKenzie, Gill Ord and more, Braziers, Oxfordshire, UK

Selected Projects

2020 “Poster series”, commissioned by Hysteric Glamour, Japan, Asia
2020 “Pyschomachia”, book cover commissioned by Kirsty Allison, Wrecking Ball Press, UK
2020 “The Knife”, Saint Severin, self released 7” vinyl single, UK
2020 “Art and Money”, co-founded artist peer support group, online
2020 “SS20”, fashion collaboration, Hysteric Glamour, Japan, Asia
2019 “AW19”, fashion collaboration, Hysteric Glamour, Japan, Asia
2019 “Brutal Wounds”, artwork for self released debut EP, UK
2018 “Carbon”, lyrics and vocals for CUTS’ single released on Village Green Recordings, UK
2018 “Leaving my Father’s House” photography for Patrick Duff’s album released on Environmental Studies, UK
2013 “Dig Haushizzle”, artwork sold by the winner of Interior Design Master Cassie Nicholas, Bristol, UK
2010 “Supernormal Festival”, co-founded art and music festival, Braziers, Oxfordshire, UK

Artist Talks

2020 “In Conversation” with artist Cathy Ward, Online
2019 “What can artists do for business?”, Radmin Festival, Cube Microplex, Bristol, UK
2014 “Creative Careers”, Creative Youth Network, Bristol, UK
2013 “Dead and Buried”, Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol, UK

Publications

2021 “Online Zine”, Luva Gallery, UK
2020 “Homeworkers Zine”, Make clothing company, UK
2019 “Siena Barnes”, Self published Zine, UK
2014 “Girls Get Busy Zine Issue 15”, UK

Selected Press

2020 “Home Workers by Make”, Kaltblut Magazine, Europe
2020 “Siege on the Whitehouse Issue”, Adbusters, US
2020 “Tabloid Magazine Issue 43”, Hysteric Glamour, Asia
2020 “The Knife”, Saint Severin single review, Louder than War, UK
2019 “Lesson #1 curated by Nobu Kitamura”, Heads Tokyo Magazine, Asia
2019 “My Bristol Favourites”, Bristol 247 Magazine, UK
2015 “One Man Show of Heartfelt Songs”, portrait of Patrick Duff, Bristol Post, UK
2013 “Issue #15 curated by Beth Siveyer”, Girls Get Busy Zine, UK
2010 “The Happening”, BBC Radio 4, UK
2009 “T-Mobile: New London Talent”, Time Out Magazine, UK

I grew up on a small aeolian island called Lipari where I was captivated by the endless burlesque of catholic ceremonies and relics.

On returning to London as a child I grieved the apparent death of god. The sacred desperation that filled my hole was the neon Soho back alley notion of the illicit.

In a post orgy world when the great sexual revolutions have all taken place and every foible, kink and persuasion have been exhausted, monetised and advertised, I am fascinated by western consumer culture’s continued preoccupation with sexuality, transgression, and liberation.

Like Bataille says, transgression is not simple hedonism or unrestrained sexual license; rather its power lies in the play between taboo and transgression, through which one systemically constructs and then oversteps all laws (i). In the absence of God, transgression appears to offer the ultimate experience of liberation from self and from failing social structures.

In my work, female sexuality stands as a cypher for the shadow, for the unmanageable depths of the psyche which cannot be disciplined, ordered or contained (ii).

I am interested in the sacro-sexual® aspects of the feminine that hark back to a time before Eve and *that* apple, a time when guilt and shame were not intrinsic aspects of sexuality.

It’s the untameable chaos of Dionysus, projected through the tv eye of Apollo, it’s the creation of ritual art that allows the viewer to process what needs to be released. Because we matter, and our bodies pray for consciousness.

My work embraces the illicit personal and societal shadow because, now more than ever before, what is hidden must be seen.

——

i. Urban, Hugh B. Magia Sexualis. Sex, Magic and and Liberation in Modern Western Esotericism. University of Calfornia Press. 2006.
ii. Farrar & Farrar. Witches Way. Robert Hale. 1984

——

Siena Barnes | CV

Solo Exhibitions

2021 “The Night Star”, Saint Maison, online exhibition
2020 “Give it Back to Her”, online exhibition
2019 “Original Paint”, PRSC, Bristol, UK
2019 “Hysteric Glamour”, Tokyo + Osaka + Nagoya, Japan, Asia
2013 “Labour of Love”, Shed Project Space, Bristol, UK
2013 “High and Coming Up Again”, Finch Gallery, London, UK
2011 “The City Made Me Do It”, Redchurch Street, London, UK
2010 “Charles Manson Disco Show”, Cube Microplex, Bristol, UK

Group Exhibitions

2021 “Bodily Offerings” with Amelia Dodds, Luva Gallery, London, UK
2021 “Goth Shop” with Cathy Ward, Derek Ridgers, Hedley Roberts and more, online
2020 “Home Game” with Bex Massey, Ryan Crudington and more, Saint Mason, online
2019 “Occult Bristol” with Rich Beale and Ryan Broom, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol, UK
2019 “May Day May Day” with Arcadia and more, Cube Microplex, Bristol, UK
2017 “Siena Barnes, Ollie Scott”, The Island, Bristol, UK
2016 “Glaze My Cave” with Ann Course, Max Mason, Kay Walsh and more, Studio 1.1, London, UK
2013 “Daddy I Drown” with Her Noise, Greta Pistaceci and more, Supernormal Festival, Oxfordshire, UK
2011 “Folk Art Art” with Ian Liddle, Immo Klink, Jack Duplock and more, Sameheads, Berlin, Europe
2011 “Flight” with Simon Faithfull, Jordan McKenzie, Gill Ord and more, Braziers, Oxfordshire, UK

Selected Projects

2020 “Poster series”, commissioned by Hysteric Glamour, Japan, Asia
2020 “Pyschomachia”, book cover commissioned by Kirsty Allison, Wrecking Ball Press, UK
2020 “The Knife”, Saint Severin, self released 7” vinyl single, UK
2020 “Art and Money”, co-founded artist peer support group, online
2020 “SS20”, fashion collaboration, Hysteric Glamour, Japan, Asia
2019 “AW19”, fashion collaboration, Hysteric Glamour, Japan, Asia
2019 “Brutal Wounds”, artwork for self released debut EP, UK
2018 “Carbon”, lyrics and vocals for CUTS’ single released on Village Green Recordings, UK
2018 “Leaving my Father’s House” photography for Patrick Duff’s album released on Environmental Studies, UK
2013 “Dig Haushizzle”, artwork sold by the winner of Interior Design Master Cassie Nicholas, Bristol, UK
2010 “Supernormal Festival”, co-founded art and music festival, Braziers, Oxfordshire, UK

Artist Talks

2020 “In Conversation” with artist Cathy Ward, Online
2019 “What can artists do for business?”, Radmin Festival, Cube Microplex, Bristol, UK
2014 “Creative Careers”, Creative Youth Network, Bristol, UK
2013 “Dead and Buried”, Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol, UK

Publications

2021 “Online Zine”, Luva Gallery, UK
2020 “Homeworkers Zine”, Make clothing company, UK
2019 “Siena Barnes”, Self published Zine, UK
2014 “Girls Get Busy Zine Issue 15”, UK

Selected Press

2020 “Home Workers by Make”, Kaltblut Magazine, Europe
2020 “Siege on the Whitehouse Issue”, Adbusters, US
2020 “Tabloid Magazine Issue 43”, Hysteric Glamour, Asia
2020 “The Knife”, Saint Severin single review, Louder than War, UK
2019 “Lesson #1 curated by Nobu Kitamura”, Heads Tokyo Magazine, Asia
2019 “My Bristol Favourites”, Bristol 247 Magazine, UK
2015 “One Man Show of Heartfelt Songs”, portrait of Patrick Duff, Bristol Post, UK
2013 “Issue #15 curated by Beth Siveyer”, Girls Get Busy Zine, UK
2010 “The Happening”, BBC Radio 4, UK
2009 “T-Mobile: New London Talent”, Time Out Magazine, UK