Spekyng Rybawdy

Special edition of 100

paperback format, perfect bound, on recycled uncoated stock
full colour cover and illustrations throughout
72 Pages

180mm x 270mm

An artist’s publication of drawings by Melanie Jackson inspired by a particular set of medieval ‘obscenities’ known as the ‘bawdy badges’ – reimagined and redrawn as a procession in ink and pigment with a short introductory essay by the artist.

64 in stock


These badges delight in hybridity – an extravagant imaginary of social and sexual reproduction. The very public, motile, wandering agency of these body parts as beings is as surprising and satisfactory to the contemporary eye as the medieval one. They are at once comical, self mocking, judgemental, generous, cruel, rapturous, emancipatory, banal, profane, erotic, ridiculous, devout, secular and cut through with an erotic drive for the divine.

This project was commissioned by Procreate Project using public funding from Arts Council England. Read more about the project here.

Artist’s bio

Melanie Jackson is a UK based artist working with modes of non-fiction storytelling through assemblages of sculpture, writing and moving image. Recent exhibitions include Deeper in the Pyramid, Banner Repeater, London, Grand Union, Birmingham, and Primary, Nottingham (2018). The latter is a multi-faceted project of sculpture, moving image, performance lectures, and a publication, involving an ongoing writing collaboration with writer Esther Leslie. Previous solo exhibitions include The Urpflanze (Parts 1 and 2) with Flat Time House, The Drawing Room, Art Exchange and John Hansard Gallery, and with Matt’s Gallery, Arnolfini and Chapter. Jackson is represented by Matt’s Gallery and is currently a Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London.

Additional information
Weight 300 g
Dimensions 18 × 1 × 27 cm


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