The Cantess

Starting life as part of the ‘Where’s Our Spake Gone?‘ Bursary, The Cantess is a continuation of my interest in traditional female powerful figures.

The Cantess began life a year ago as part of ‘Where’s Our Spake Gone?’ and was a response to the tradition of matriarchal figures who led group discussions, in the corners of kitchens and over the counters of shops, and acted as a form of wise woman, oracle, sooth-sayer and agony aunt for the community and led others in The Cant. The Cant was a long, meandering chat. Anybody who wanted could join the Cant for as long as they needed. It might be a minute. It might be an hour. All present would share in the Cant, which provided a social forum for all concerned.

The Cantess also appears at social gatherings, encouraging Wallflowers to engage with the festivities, leading sing-songs and ensuring those worse for wear are unable to find their car keys but are capable of finding an empty sofa and pint of water.

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Despite the original project being long since completed, The Cantess continues as a project in development.

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