ALLEGORY OF THE CAVE
exerpt from Lofty and Crippled by Lauren De Sa Naylor (produced for Allegory of the Cave)
LIBRA WOMAN

On the night of Rose’s MA show at Vaaland, we sat in her studio agitated-drunk on strong beer and free wine, he wanted to articulate the oneness of everything, the cyclical, ouroboric, consciousness as collective, experiential, polymorphous, trans-human, universal-transcendental, belonging to external and internal voids. He put forward Astrology as a structure and a method and a phenomenon, marking and making subjectivities by virtue of its cultural historicity and immanence, an osmotic effect that is not necessitated by choice through active engagement. And though I know my sign, I distance myself from landscapes, territories, schools of thought, monuments, cells, involuted places where I might be exposed. In fact I have been intimate with astrology have both let myself be read and read myself through its prism. I remember reading: Libra’s should not settle down until late in life; has this not surged through me as knowledge or the riddle? Is this not what my body believes via impetuous motion?

I am susceptible to the clue, the echo, the premonition, the trace, the trail, the path, the scent, the elegy.

Dreaming someone else’s memory of an irl wedding. Walking thru streets familiar by proxy via his description of some home-place, a route he took to a rendezvous, the location of the event returned to again & again, this time incorporating me. West-Midlands accents abound as we drive & walk together, they city streets crossing highways and infiltrating suburbs until we reach a hotel. The room is as you left it the last time (“insert a pound in there” you instruct, the hand held plastic object does nothing for me). There are photos of you when you were young and I didn’t know you (but I knew your kind in my town). I want to get changed but we must go. You are dressed in loose jeans and t shirt, multiple necklaces festooned around your neck, and your hair is longer and your face is plumper. You are younger than me in spite of 4 year seniority. We walk, I detour to change, you go ahead into the I retail interior i have provisionally visualised. It’s a US style hypermarket staff dressed in primary colours jovial sales environment very passive aggressive all manner of goods are for sale did u work here is this what it’s all about? We are dressed the same, in sheer red diaphanous blouses that sensually pulse in the warm evening breeze, bulging.

One common quirk of Libra women is that of getting depressed easily. Partly this is because they genuinely feel the world should always be fair and beautiful, and the reality of course is that sometimes it just isn’t. What others shrug off in this area a Libra sometimes just can’t accept. This broken-hearted approach to life can be both endearing, or off-putting, depending on your viewpoint. It does create a unique and powerful counterpoint to their otherwise passionate approach to life for those who appreciate contrast and complexity in a partner. [http://www.compatible-astrology.com/libra-woman.html]


Rebecca Gould


Lauren de Sa Naylor


Lauren de Sa Naylor


Andrew Clwyd


Rebecca Gould


Installation view L to R, Rebecca Gould, Andrew Clwyd and Iwan Lewis


Iwan Lewis


Lauren de Sa Naylor


Iwan Lewis


Andrew Clwyd


Lauren de Sa Naylor


Lauren de Sa Naylor


Lauren de Sa Naylor


Lauren de Sa Naylor


Lauren de Sa Naylor


Lauren de Sa Naylor

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