Webitorial: Rituals of Sisterhood

Photography & Creative Direction: Daisy Stackpole 
Models: Alayna Anderson, Justice Dobson
All clothing is models’ own
All images shot using Pentax K1000 and black & white film

The following feature appears as part of the October 2017 issue of Monachopsis.

“I wanted to submit a couple of black and white film images I took a while ago that I thought would be perfect for the theme. I invited femmes who were interested in the supernatural to a backyard seance. The images came out so nicely (in my opinion), but the most magical part was watching these womyn bond with one another and with me. Art is so often seen from the male gaze, and I dedicate much of my art to creating safe spaces in art.”

“The inspiration for this series came from me writing an essay on the femme reclamation of the witch identity that began to trickle into mainstream media with a more positive representation of witches in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s, with films and shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kiki’s Delivery Service, The Craft, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. I invited four friends who each only knew me and none of the others. Together, we bonded and created beautiful art. In a male gaze world, I aim to collaborate and encapsulate the beauty of folks who are often viewed as objects, rather than subjects.”

Daisy Stackpole is an artist and art educator who lives and works in the Deep South. They are an undisciplined multi-disciplinary artist whose work manifests itself in photography, film, drawing, painting, and installation. Daisy believes that art is inherently political and aims to create powerful work engaging identity, feminism, and averting the white male gaze, as well as facilitating creative expression for young people. You can find them on Instagram.