The artists state 'Across the world we see women toil away in the fields. The land does not belong to them, they simply have to work it. Even within this situation there is a difference in attitude and behaviour based on the crops that are grown. Cultivating rice requires farmers to pool their resources and to co-operate with eachother, making people from the rice growing regions less indvidualistic and self centred. The status of women is better in rice growing regions too.
Rice is a woman’s crop- it’s about sharing of resources and labour- this was the starting point for ‘Rise’. Using this as the base and layering over threads of tantra but also making it more universal with the sigils; magical symbols. Even today, if women gather on a full moon night and join hands around a fire, they are branded ‘witches’. So here’s proudly calling myself a witch, laying my sigils with grains of abundance and hoping that the world moves towards a rice culture- of knowing your neighbours, sharing with them and thinking of community rather than the individual.'