The image of the veiled feminine figure— Isis, Artemis of Ephesus, Calypso— has haunted Western culture since Antiquity. The metaphor of the veil has come to represent various unknowns—the mystery of existence, the mystery of death, the secrets of Nature—, while its unveiling has been associated with the visionary experience and the revelation of spiritual truths.
Drawing from this powerful allegorical image, The Unveiling Issue delves into the perils and pleasures of the visionary experience. From the sacred shudder aroused by the pipes of Pan to the dangers of seeing the land of Faerie, from illuminating journeys on the astral plane to madness as a mystical quest, we explore the sacred mysteries pulsating in the work of the artists and visionaries who left Old Albion behind to look beyond the veil.
Featuring words by Katy Soar, Nadia Choucha, Maria J. Pérez Cuervo, Catherine Winter and Finn Robinson, John Reppion, Verity Holloway, James Machin, and Rob Young. Artwork by Nona Limmen and Nathaniel Hébert.