LILITH NOMA’D (FIRST WOMAN | FREED WOMAN) (an excerpt)
LILITH NOMA'D (FIRS WOMAN | FREED WOMAN) (an excerpt) is the next in our new series of ten window text commissions by artists, writers, and designers.
Following the 2021 series inspired by Meadhbh McNutt's Should artists write? workshops, many of the 2022 writers participated in Francis Whorrall-Campbell's workshops How to Write a Door and Walk Through, as well as other artists and writers also invited to participate.
The writers were invited to create one page of text – a completely open brief. The texts range from prose poems to statements, shared intimate moments and more, each capturing the different thoughts and feelings of the author. The texts have been designed by different artists and designers and printed in a risograph edition by Derry Print Workshop.
The texts are visible from CCA's windows, each for two weeks, as well as visible online here and distributed across our region. All 10 from the 2022 series will be available to buy as a fundraiser bundle later this year.
LILITH NOMA'D (FIRS WOMAN | FREED WOMAN) (an excerpt), 2022
Author: Shiva R Joyce
Designer: Emma Heatherington
Printer: Derry Print Workshop
Risograph edition of 200
This project was made possible thanks to support from Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Art Fund.
About the author & designer:
Shiva R Joyce is a BrownSkinIslanderGal Poet & Printmaker. Her ethno-ecological poetry collection, Talanoa, subverts & challenges the staid, canonical English-acceptable literature she studied at Oxford University while earning her white-papers-from-the-right-places. In January 2023 she will run her first, SistaCreatives Artist Exchange, which gives a Femme Irish Artist who is challenging the oppressive-hegemonic, a fully funded Artist residency in Australia under her mentorship.
Shiva says of the text: "Before Eve, there was Lilith. But you will not find her in the narratives of men. Or if at all rendered, she is demonised, diminished and framed as a destructive wanton. But, given all written words are merely human fiction - & we can do what we like therein - perhaps it is time for a different narrative?"
Emma Heatherington is a multi-disciplinary creative thriving to create meaningful design solutions and experiences for audiences. Emmas' work is distinguished through bold colour combinations, portrayed in the poster design. Emma connected to Shiva's piece and chose to illustrate how she thought the Freed Womans' surrounding would look like in her progressive, human-centred illustrative style.