Book of Sodom
A Grimoire is magical book of spells, often written in code and passed through multiple generations and contributed by multiple authors. My Grimoire, The Book of Sodom, is a large hand-bound book of 90 pages, written in an esoteric alphabet called Theban, or “the witch’s alphabet” so the information can hide in plain sight. It is a collection of queer codes, lexicons, rituals and mythologies harvested through research and embodying queer history.
This Grimoire first appeared when I performed “Queer Curiosity” at the Walters Art Museum in September of 2018, when I asked the audience to rip up pieces of paper and write the names of queer ancestors and spells for queer justice that I would add to the Grimoire. The spells that people wrote were beautiful, sad, honest and empowering. At the core of my practice is a want to enchant people to celebrate and empower their own lives. I want to develop the artistic research methods of gathering queer histories and rituals.
“Queer Spirits” Is an interactive multi-formatted bookmaking project that gathers and shares queer stories, histories, and ritual.