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Beatrice Loft Schulz, Living Arrangement # (detail), 2015, emulsion paint, glass beads, handmade paper buckets, tissue paper, polystyrene, marbled paper, packing materials, beading, gauze, dimensions variable.

Beatrice Loft Schulz

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Beatrice Loft Schulz, Living Arrangement # (detail), 2015, emulsion paint, glass beads, handmade paper buckets, tissue paper, polystyrene, marbled paper, packing materials, beading, gauze, dimensions variable.

To enter Beatrice Loft Schulz’s “Living Arrangement #” meant passing through a ten-foot-wide, New Agey, patterned curtain of glass beads laboriously threaded by the artist. In advance of the exhibition’s opening, Arcadia Missa gallery director Rozsa Farkas told me, Loft Schulz and her assistant, Ruby Read, performed a magic spell to harness the earth’s energy for the gallery. Evidence of this ritual remained in the wiry stick bundles propped in the rear two corners of the space—charms signposting the invisible forces encircling this total environment. Loft Schulz’s work characterizes a thread of contemporary feminist art practice in London: pastel-colored leakages and stains pooled around discourses of the body, domesticity, craft, and pre-Enlightenment worldviews. The witch’s proto-feminism has recently been reappraised in exhibitions such as Anna Colin’s “L’heure des

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