Barking the Willow
heather sheehan Barking the Willow self-portrait B&W 35mm film photography, clawed negative
Barking the Willow - With Sack
2013
self-portrait B&W 35mm film photography, clawed negative

Sheehan's first self-portrait B&W 35mm film photographs portray a psychic transformation through ritualistic enactments. The sequence of 20 photographs deals with the animal in the human and birth of self, culminating in the release of the spirit from the body.

The sequence title refers to barking, as:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.
and willow, as:
willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.

heather sheehan Barking the Willow self-portrait, B&W 35mm film photography
'barking the willow', first triptych of sequence
2013
self-portrait, B&W 35mm film photography

Sheehan's first self-portrait B&W 35mm film photographs portray a psychic transformation through ritualistic enactments. The sequence of 20 photographs deals with the animal in the human and birth of self, culminating in the release of the spirit from the body.

The sequence title refers to barking, as:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.
and willow, as:
willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan Barking the Willow B&W 35mm film Photography
Barking the Willow, first single image of series
2013
B&W 35mm film Photography

Sheehan's first self-portrait B&W 35mm film photographs portray a psychic transformation through ritualistic enactments. The sequence of 20 photographs deals with the animal in the human and birth of self, culminating in the release of the spirit from the body.

The sequence title refers to barking, as:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.
and willow, as:
willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan Barking the Willow self-portrait, B&W 35mm film Photography
'barking the willow', second triptych of sequence
2013
self-portrait, B&W 35mm film Photography

Sheehan's first self-portrait B&W 35mm film photographs portray a psychic transformation through ritualistic enactments. The sequence of 20 photographs deals with the animal in the human and birth of self, culminating in the release of the spirit from the body.

The sequence title refers to barking, as:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.
and willow, as:
willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan Barking the Willow self-portrait B&W 35mm film Photography
'barking the willow', second single of sequence
2013
self-portrait B&W 35mm film Photography

Sheehan's first self-portrait B&W 35mm film photographs portray a psychic transformation through ritualistic enactments. The sequence of 20 photographs deals with the animal in the human and birth of self, culminating in the release of the spirit from the body.

The sequence title refers to barking, as:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.
and willow, as:
willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan Barking the Willow self-portrait B&W 35mm film Photography
'barking the willow', third triptych of sequence
2013
self-portrait B&W 35mm film Photography

Sheehan's first self-portrait B&W 35mm film photographs portray a psychic transformation through ritualistic enactments. The sequence of 20 photographs deals with the animal in the human and birth of self, culminating in the release of the spirit from the body.

The sequence title refers to barking, as:
a. to express a guttural cry as that of a dog when outraged, frightened or calling for attention
b. to remove the skin or bark, of a tree, exposing the smooth wood in preparation for use.
and willow, as:
willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan Barking the Willow B&W 35mm film Photography
'barking the willow', third single of sequence
2013
B&W 35mm film Photography

willow:
a. a tree known for its flexible branches used to weave basketry
b. considered to be a witch's tree, source of contraceptive and fever-reducing agent.
heather sheehan Barking the Willow photo: Viola Sophie
'barking the willow' installation view, 2015
Gotische Stadel, Neue Galerie Landshut, Bavaria
photo: Viola Sophie
heather sheehan Barking the Willow photo: Viola Sophie
'barking the willow' installation view, 2015
Gotische Stadel, Neue Galerie Landshut, Bavaria
photo: Viola Sophie
heather sheehan Barking the Willow photo: Marko Petz
'barking the willow' installation view, 2015
Holbeinhaus, Kunstverein Augsburg, Germany
photo: Marko Petz
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