Cecilia Bullo's work stems from an inquiry into healing mechanisms involving rituals and signifiers in the context of social issues, particularly regarding the cultural challenges faced by displacement and migration of women. Drawing loosely on a theoretical framework, including archeologist Marija Gimbutas and her Kurgan Matrilinear hypothesis. Bullo investigates the political body of women, the return of the feminine -
intended as all modes of being (her/their) - and the personification/incarnation of the woman as a creatrix, fighter and destroyer.
By including personal signifiers such as deterritorialised/re-territorialised Aloe Vera plants grafted from the artist’s mother’s garden in Italy and re-planted in Ireland, Bullo explores her own uprooted-migrant background and aspects of Deleuze & Guattari’s rhizomatic theory of connectivity.
Envisaged as archeological, dystopian assemblages and exploring mythological and personal narratives, these works to the artist are apotropaic sculpture-amulets and esoteric spaces, from which one can resist the repressive, discriminatory framework of patriarchal culture.
Photos by Paul McCarty