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Part activist, part academic, part rant, part poetry, part magic and all illustrated by Sabrina Scott
From author, Sabrina Scott.
Magic is my lifeblood, it is my lens, it is how I feel and interact with others. It is all of those things, and more. This book is an illustrated essay about how techniques of magic can re-orient the practitioner to see non-human bodies and relationships in different ways.
My practices as an illustrator, writer, and witch are all intermingling, entangled. These creative processes are my way of working out similar things using different methods and media, but the creative fire that emerges comes from the same inspiration and intuition. I want to help push forward conversations about magic, life, death, change, transformation, environment, learning, growing.
This book is about objects. It is about how the world pushes back on us, how it shapes our bodies, creates our forms, curates our creations.
(Sabrina Scott photo by Michelle Rowe)
Excerpt from the foreword by Timothy Morton
'We keep looking in the wrong place for happiness and fulfillment. We think it must be next week. Tomorrow. Maybe 5 minutes from now I'll be truly happy. Or maybe we have regret. Happiness was then, last month, when we were small. Can't have it now. Happiness couldn't be now, could it, because that would mean its somewhere inside.
What do you call someone who shows you that you don't have to look elsewhere for magic?
You call them a witch. And you can be that. You can be a Witchbody. Which is also a which body? Things are full of gaps and breaks, they are full of illusion, suffused with moonlight. Things are kinked and queer, everything.
You can't ever tell exactly which witch body you are. What a relief! You get to explore the strangeness of that beautiful unique twist that is just exactly you, without an official you copyright stamp in sight.
You will want this book by your side, like a window on the moon. You've invited the witch to heal you. The truth is they never really left.
Embrace your entanglement, and wonder, we are a microcosm of how different bodies walking different paths can collide together in assemblage, if only for a moment
Magic can break apart 'nature' by collapsing the term to include the interconnectedness of all bodies, rather than simply those whom humans consider a backdrop for their activities, lives, and deaths.
When We need to escape our surroundings, when it becomes normalized to seek solace and beauty everywhere but where we live, we forget the beauty of being, rooted as it is in the flux of process, of transformation.
I implore us not to give into the mirage of elsewhere, the mystique of over there. I Implore us not to shut our eyes to our own material circumstances. In magic we refuse to ignore the relationships we always already have with material bodies.
Magic is an act of aft, philosophy and ontological production; it is an act and labor of love. Wonder emerges simply from doing and interacting with bodies in magic. Magic is an orienting corpus. It gives direction. It is a body, too. It shapes the humans who touch it. Each moment in magic is dialogic, pedagogic.
"Sabrina Scott has created a mystical and intellectual masterpiece. Witchbody reclaims the poisoned, manufactured world, laying bare the purity fantasy of the natural sublime that leaves our magic unbodied, ungrounded, unreal. A powerful celebration of what we have, a call to protect what is left, and dare to situate our witch-selves in this gorgeous, imperfect world." --Michelle Tea, author of Modern Tarot -- Michelle Tea
"Sabrina Scott has created a morbidly beautiful graphic novel that encompasses what it means to be a witch in today's world. By tackling the Earth's issues straight on through her own form of magic, creativity, she's helping all readers not only get in touch with their power but do so on a wider scale that may raise the strength of the planet our bodies call home." --Sophie Saint Thomas, GQ, Allure, Playboy, Vice, and co-host of the sex and spirituality podcast "The Serpent Cast" -- Sophie Saint Thomas
"Cerebral, passionate, and beautifully drawn, Sabrina Scott's Witchbody invites us to consider our connection not just to nature but to what we normally consider outside of nature. A highly distinctive and engaging book." --Joe Sacco, author of Palestine -- Joe Sacco --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- File Size : 43475 KB
- Publication Date : March 1, 2019
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print Length : 74 pages
- Publisher : Weiser Books (March 1, 2019)
- ASIN : B07JDNZQ1C
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1578636647
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #188,250 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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nice but the text is just terrible. Not a good read it all. I'll suggest for you to visit goodreads and check some different points of view about this awful book. Paper has a nice texture but doesn't change the fact that this book is not a good book. Save yourself a trip to UPS...
“...Reposition our frame of reference to consider how mysterious, strange, and alien the accouterments of our daily lives are? What about learning to notice? What about learning to be in amazement and curiosity with the mundane materialities around us rather than escaping them...”
I love that. The universe is around and within us, calling to us to see, to notice, to be aware, to slow down, seek with mindfulness, open ourselves to the simple beauty and elegance of things we disregard as insignificant. This provokes thoughts of presence, awareness, that you are always perfect and always enough. Feel your space. Reflect on your space. Listen. Absolutely buy this beautiful work of art.
Top reviews from other countries
This book will grab you and bring you into the world in which Scott lives. Every read through seems to release new concepts, and conversation.
This book is not a spell book, or how to, rather a wonderfully written conversation...