Ackroyd & Harvey’s work evokes the medieval cosmos where humans navigated the competing forces of good and evil spirits.
Set against a vivid backdrop of angels, a figure cast in aluminium potassium sulphate is lumi-nous and semi-transparent, solid yet fragile. Its correspondence to the crystalline sphere – a rare medieval addition to ancient cosmology – connects the earthly body to the heavens and suggests the discarding of corruptible flesh and the perfection of blessed souls.
Below a demon of molten sulphur and iron squats before crystals forming flowers of sulphur. Demons were rebels against God, fallen angels. They took many forms, and fear of their worldly incursions joined anxiety about malign planetary influences on the body.