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The Cosmic Serpent,

Mixed textiles, gold rope, gold leaf and gold thread.

This work forms a part of the wider series where the snake and its eye is a recurring motif, not only as a symbol of wisdom but in The Cosmic Serpent from the ancient Egyptian board game inspired by the snake-god Mehen (associated with the ouroboros), the rules of which have been forgotten. The series continues to explore symbolic language and age-old interplay of pattern and meaning, drawing on the game and its symbols to create yet another mystery which they present the audience with – inviting them to participate in its decoding.

The Sinistry

About the Artist

The Sinistry was founded in 2017 in London,  it is a visionary collaboration between artists Bert Gilbert and Izzet Ers, transcending traditional gender boundaries to engage in a creative and emotional dialogue. Gilbert’s energetic artwork decodes layers of subtext within conversations, while Ers responds with meticulous stitchwork and appliqué. Together they draw inspiration from Jungian psychoanalysis to explore the union of the male and female, a so called ‘syzygy’.

Their inaugural project, a series of genderless Liberation Suits, offer both the wearer and viewer visceral emancipation from conscious and unconscious realms. This collaboration exemplifies an amalgamation of mediums driven by a shared commitment to probing human connection and self-discovery. Working across mediums draws connections to Iterarte’s Variations project.

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