Solve et Coagula

Prophesy of the Pieta, collage on paper, 2021  
Pink Steam, collage on paper, 2021  
I dream I see you endlessly superimposed upon yourself, collage on paper, 2021
Let’s spit the two of us let’s spit on what we loved, collage on paper, 2021
Sparagmos & Omophagia, collage on paper, 2021
Deposition, collage on paper, 2021
Ablution & Sublimation, collage on paper, 2021
Double Mary, collage on paper, 2021
Ashes denote that fire was, collage on paper, 2021
Like a leaf clings to the tree oh my darling, cling to me, collage on paper, 2021
Or which I cannot touch because they are too near, collage on paper, 2021
Noli me Tangere, collage on paper, 2021
Re-annunciation, collage on paper, 2021
Immanence, collage on paper, 2021
Doubting Didymous, collage on paper, 2021
Vicissitudes, collage on paper, 2021
You’re returning from a journey you’re lingering the last one left in the grotto, collage on paper, 2021
Like vapor in air, the body disappears, collage on paper, 2021
The tomb that brought her impatience, collage on paper, 2021
The alchemical page, collage on paper, 2021
Echo, collage on paper, 2021
Old blood, collage on paper, 2021
Recapitulation of Mary Magdalene, collage on paper, 2021

Ryan M Pfeiffer is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and curator. Rebecca Walz is a visual artist, professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a board member of Iceberg Projects (Chicago, IL). Together they maintain a collaborative art practice and partnership. Their works have been exhibited and published on a range of national and international platforms, and they have been selected for numerous grants, awards and artist residencies. Currently they are developing a curatorial project and publication project with the Kinsey Institute (Bloomington, Indiana University), and Fulgur Press (UK). More information about the duo can found at their website & instagram.

Our project takes the words spoken by Jesus to Mary Magdalene in the garden after she discovers his empty tomb — noli me tangere (“touch me not”) — as a provocation for reflection on the COVID-19 pandemic, and on other pandemics, viral and social, that engulf us.