Sub Rosa is part of an ongoing investigation into Aramaic incantation bowls, ceramic artefacts from 5th-7th century CE Iraq that were buried upside down in the floors of Babylonian homes for protection against demons. Referencing the domestic environments in which the bowls were typically found, the work re-imagines these domestic spaces, materially registering the psychological unease evident in the bowl spells. Bone china ceiling roses are suspended in a domed formation, delineating a space for the viewer to physically enter, as well as referencing the upturned bowl shape and the multiple narratives surrounding rose symbolism, such as secrecy and intimacy.
Sue Goldschmidt is a ceramic installation artist and practice-based PhD researcher at the University of Westminster. She has a BA hons in Language and Literary Studies (English, Hebrew and American Literature) from Manchester University, as well as a BA hons in Ceramics (first class) from Westminster University. Sue has a background in education and has work in a number of collections.