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I recently acquired the tattoo shown above right. It wasn’t until I showed it to the group that it was pointed out that it qualified as an image of La Sirena, both as a hybrid being capable of traversing earth and air, and because the sirens of the Homer’s Odyssey were female figures with wings.

The tattoo, by John at Bizarre Ink of Edinburgh, is based on the ‘Queen of the Night’ also known as the ‘Burney Relief’, shown at the top left. I had been fascinated by this figure for years, and finally got to experience her presence at the ‘Feminine Power’ exhibition at the British museum a few weeks ago. I was coming to a significant hinge-point in my life, a tattoo seemed an appropriate ritual marker, and I suddenly realised what it had to be.

The story of the Burney Relief is a mystery worthy of the pulps. Acquired from a dealer in the late nineteenth century, its exact origin is unknown and it was long thought to be a forgery. It has since been widely associated with Lilith, though current scholarship suggests it is a representation of the Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of love OR Ishtar’s elder sister and arch-rival Ereshkigal, queen of the underworld. (The sisters were much later syncretised by the Greeks as Aphrodite and Hekate respectively.) This duality pleases me, and I suppose the tattoo represents whichever queen of the night I find myself in most need of at any given time.

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‘Mami Wata’ Nigeria C19. From ‘Feminine Power: From the Divine to the Demonic’ at the British Museum.
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‘Orrery’

Collaborative Collage, Doug Campbell, Janice Hathaway, Sunday 5 June 2022

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‘Siren’ (Oil on Canvas, 1900) by Odilon Redon
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‘An Image Being Detached From Meaning’

Digital Collage by Doug Campbell
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Curious Corpses

Exquisite Corpses produced during the group excursion to London (22-23/12/21)

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Curious and Curiouser

Members of La Sirena (Left to Right: Taya King, Darren Thomas and Doug Campbell) met up in London yesterday to attend the ‘Curious and Curiouser’ exhibition on Carroll’s ‘Alice’ books at the Victoria and Albert museum. We went for a meal afterward, and glasses were raised to our comrade Daina Kopp, who sadly couldn’t make it this time. Proper scans of the Exquisite Corpses we made together to follow.

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‘Golden Mask, Mourning Veil’

Hand torn collage by Doug Campbell
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Games with Surrealerpool

We devoted a recent meeting to a simultaneous collage workshop, having prepared ourself with images relating to the theme of the forthcoming issue of the Surrealerpool group’s magazine ’Patastrophe: “WHO AM I? Masks behind masks. Dolls within dolls. WHOM DO I HAUNT?” The results are shown above.

Prior to this, Daina and Doug had attended a games session with members of Surrealerpool. This was a most convivial and productive evening, with the proceedings and results recorded for possible future publication.

Any, all or none of this material may appear in ’Patastrophe #4, scheduled for 7 January 2022 (Russian Christmas), but the marvellous may be depended on! In the meantime, we recommend their many other publications, all beautifully designed and produced, and available from https://surrealerpool.home.blog/surrealerpool-publications/.

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La Sirena welcomes further sightings of Sirens in the shape of Fortean clippings, photographs, found objects, collage, painting, drawing or in any other manner in which they may choose to manifest themselves.

Contributions to the editorial address, with any available supporting documentation. lasirenasurrealistgroup@gmail.com