Monday 14 August 2023

Art: Kelly Sweeney's Magical & Mystical Craft

Artist Kelly Sweeney kindly let me share photos of some of her stunning paintings. She also explained something of her thoughts and inspirattion behind them:

"My practice spawns a cosmology of supernatural entities, that manifest through painting, sculpture, drawing and film, with a dabble in live performance. 

"Recent concerns have included giving physicality to the energetically encountered inhabitants of place, combining the evidenced with the perceived. Taking the female personification of wilderness as departure point, I have begun to explore sites with a psychogeographical approach engaging both the material and non-physical.

"Interested in traditions and customs, I remain drawn to belief systems that cultivate relationships with the natural environment through magical and mystical craft. Recent research (supported by Jerwood Arts) considers the geographical, ecological and folkloric lineage of place as conscious feminine agency.

"This body of six paintings developed from experiential research on Hampstead Heath in London. These entities represent aspects of the divine feminine as fluid construct that resides in us all."

The pictures here are called Pollination, Venus, Wildling, Midsummer, Magician and Equinox. I hope to see more of Kelly's work in the future. 

Kelly Sweeney is a London-based artist who studied at Nottingham Trent and Chelsea School of Art. In the past she has exhibited work relating to witches and witchcraft. You can find out more about her on her website at and follow her at @ksweeneyartist

I'm always happy to share art and photos that relate to anything witchy or esoteric on A Bad Witch's Blog. If you want to send me a photo, please email it to Let me know what it shows and whether you want your name mentioned or not. For copyright reasons, the photo must be one you have taken yourself and if it shows art, then it should be your own work. 

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