© Jorge das Neves

© Jorge das Neves

Mary Beth Edelson

A key figure in the feminist movement of the 1970s, Mary Beth Edelsen has developed a ritualistic performative practice that focuses on her (naked) body and the desire to associate the female body with the image and energy of ancient goddess. As the artist wrote: ‘Goddess was always a metaphor for me for radical change and change of consciousness and for challenging the daily experience of what is thought of as acceptable social codes while opening other realms of experience. This spirituality invaded an area which in western culture was previously a male territory, and therefore, this action was, in and of itself, a profoundly political act against the patriarchy and for spiritual liberation—the ramifications of which are still unfolding’.