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The Fruits of Life,

Mixed Textiles, leather buttons, ink, paint and mixed threads 140.0 × 120.0 cm

This multimedia piece, formed of mixed textiles, leather, buttons, ink, paint and thread, is part of a series where the game of Snakes and Ladders provides a basis for the artwork’s pattern, design and sociopolitical themes. In this piece, snakes, traditionally associated with the game, are depicted alongside monstrous flowers in place of ladders. Upon closer examination, the delicate shapes of the flowers reveal their eyes, mouths, and snake tongue motifs.

This work forms a part of the wider series where the game of Snakes and Ladders inspired the pattern and design of the artwork. Yet 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 The Sinistry presents the audience with – inviting to participate in its decoding.

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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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