Joe Hesketh: A Pendle Witch Trial Investigation
Artist JOE HESKETH seeks to understand the horrors of the Pendle Witch Trial through art
Being a child in Pendle was like living on, what would now be familiar as, a Harry Potter film set. Some of the older children thought I was a bit odd, so I took advantage of this and played on being different and standing out. I played at making up my own spells, creating perfume from petals, and things like that. These games made me happy and I thought they gave me the upper hand and made me special – just like the witches, I guess. Over the years people have bought me spell books and I still do well wishes today.
I’ve always been intrigued with the Pendle story and wanted to look at it closer and, through doing this, A Pendle Investigation developed. I wanted to connect with the story in celebration of the 400th anniversary by investigating the known facts to build a body of work.