An Exorcism: A Photo Romance

Penny Slinger




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Penny Slinger is a Los Angeles–based artist whose work investigates the feminine, the magical and the erotic. While studying at Chelsea College of Art in the late 1960s, Slinger encountered Max Ernst’s Une semaine de bonté (1934), initiating an enduring involvement with both the Surrealist movement and the medium of collage. In her first publication, 50% The Visible Woman (1971), Slinger explored the image of woman through a series of often provocative photomontage self-portraits and poetic texts. Such themes resonated keenly with the emerging feminist movement, and in 1973 Rolling Stone noted: “this book will become as important on your bookshelf as Sgt. Pepper’s is on your record rack.”

With An Exorcism: A Photo Romance, Slinger explores the feminine psyche further. Developed from a visit to Lilford Hall in 1970 with her then-partner, the filmmaker Peter Whitehead, Slinger provides us with a series of haunting images that chart a process of self-discovery and awakening that was described by Sheldon Williams as “a cascade of photo-collage imagery which has all the emergent trepidation of Hesse’s Steppenwolf.” First published in 1977 with a grant from Roland Penrose’s Elephant Foundation, the original edition has been long out of print. This new edition from Fulgur Press has been expanded with new images from the original series held in the artist’s archive and offers a previously unpublished narrative by Slinger that speaks to the personal and eternal themes of the book.



Premium Italian 135gsm paper
192 pages
188 colour printed images, with notes
12 x 9 inches (30cm x 23cm)
English text



i The Brick Wall Behind the Door

ii The Fatherland

iii Empty Cupboards

iv In the Cloister

v The Rose Garden

vi The Chymical Wedding

vii Left at the Altar

viii Two-way Mirror

ix Pandora’s Box

x The Crucifixion

xi The Judge

xii Guilt and Degradation

xiii The Masked Ball

xiv Double Betrayal

xv The Somnambulist

xvi Love Letters

xvii Perpetual Loss

xviii Death Trip

xix The Hermaphrodite

xx Agoraphobia and Inundation

xxi Rebirth