Great piece recently in Artsy on witchcraft’s comeback in art globally – link here. And, it seems, everyone I know is talking about the witches of Brooklyn (generally) and the Witches of Bushwick (specifically).
So I’ve been exploring the subject – trying to figure out why wicca, witches and covens have become so popular – especially among young female artists.
Here are 10 things I’ve discovered about the witches phenomena:
- The internet is making it much easier for the Craft-curious to find information. Vast networks are spreading online.
- Witches of Bushwick is a collective of women who embrace art, fashion, and witchcraft. Founder Christine Tran invited Vice’s Broadly into her coven with some of the leading Witches, exploring how a Brooklyn party circuit transformed into a hotbed for creativity and female empowerment.
- The Witches’s collaborators include the trans artist Juliana Huxtable and the fashion house Chromat (which I discovered randomly at this year’s NYFW thru Yesjulz on snapchat – LOVE!!).
- What started out as a monthly party has evolved into a platform for artists who believe that female bonding is near to spirituality. If you are at all interested in this amazing group of witches/artists, watch the video above – it’s 6 minutes long but engrossing!!
- Witch tattoo artists. For example, Noel’le Longhaul’s intricate Edward-Gorey-wild animals and witches scenes. She’s 25, a RISD graduate, a folk musician and a trans person. Her interview in Dazed is worth a read.
- Yoko Ono is collaborating with 18 new artists for a sequel to her 2007 Witch album. This new one is titled Yes, I’m a Witch Too. This time around, Ono’s collaborators include Cibo Matto, Peter Bjorn and Moby.
- This past February, WITCH, a Chicago-based performance collective, staged a “ritual performance” to protest gentrification in a local neighborhood.
- Pinterest is filled with Witch Art including sexy witches and fantasy witches.
- And let’s not forget anime witches!!
- The Bay Area (San Francisco) is the nucleus of American witchcraft.