For Alraune, with love considers the role of woman as witch and her embodied relationship to the domestic garden. Prosch explores related plant folklore, specifically the legends of the Mandragora root and the Arbor Tristis (Tree of Sorrow). Reflecting on these gendered visions offers connections between witchcraft, the body in nature, and loss. The title of the exhibition is drawn from the German novel Alraune, a gothic tale inspired by the legend of the humanoid-shaped Mandrake root. The exhibition’s fleshy palette sets the scene for an abject carnality. The body is positioned as self-becoming rather than as the object of desire typically found in androcentric cultures. For Alraune, with love highlights the power of disorder, grotesque beauty, and monstrous capability. The exhibition included new video, drawing, photography and sculpture works.

Elephant Art Space, 2016
Installation view: Elephant Art Space, 2016

Elephant Art Space, 2016
Installation view: Elephant Art Space, 2016

wood, marble, paint, 22 x 22 x 30”
Altar Tables (Bone, Makeup, Flesh): wood, marble, paint, 22 x 22 x 30”

steel, plastic, latex 34 x 44 x 17”
Untitled (skin rack): steel, plastic, latex 34 x 44 x 17”

archival inkjet print, 29 x 43"
Commensal mediums: archival inkjet print, 29 x 43"

gouache on paper, 9 x 14¼”
Arbor Tristis (Tree of Sorrow): gouache on paper, 9 x 14¼”

gouache on paper, 13¾ x 18¼”
Mandragora Root (For Alraune): gouache on paper, 13¾ x 18¼”

still image from HD color video
Vanitas (worms and flesh): still image from HD color video

still image from HD color video
Conjure: still image from HD color video