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(Matriarchal) Reliquary

2019 - 2039

Doyle undertakes this durational action for twenty years to investigate matriarchal documentation and the macabre, yet opulent recording of body. Inspired by the reliquary that homage martyrs and sainted people, Doyle invites one consenting woman annually to donate a small part of their body to be venerated inside a ceramic tomb. These women are chosen due to their virtuous and inspiring conduct, to reclaim women's lived experiences and to overwrite the limited histories recorded by the church.


Doyle will commit to the action of documenting the female body as venerated reliquary via ceramic tombs.


Doyle will perform this action annually for twenty years, starting 13.7.2019.


Doyle will select a consenting woman annually due to their virtuous and inspiring conduct.


Doyle archives this action as a means to counter Catholic patriarchal doctrine which infantilizes the female experience and constitutes women as misbegotten beings

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