artist • musician • writer
My name is Vanessa Irena and I’m a artist, musician, and writer. My work focuses on the exploration of ecstasy and the body as a ritual and devotional instrument. I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and currently live in Upstate NY in the Catskill Mountains. I received my BFA with a concentration in painting from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and have been creating and performing music since I was 4 years old.
experimental devotional music
as ek-stasis (formerly as knifesex) and I released my first solo EP,
, in January of 2017 and my first full-length album, dedicated to the goddess
, in November of 2017. Prior to releasing my solo work I provided lead vocals and production to NYC band The Harrow, and performed as a live member of Public Memory. I released my first published work,
Saint Raphael The Archangel
, a pamphlet I co-authored with Alexander Cummins in July of 2018 through Hadean Press. I also released a collaborative musical piece with Alexander Cummins, a ritual invocation to Mars, in December 2018. In 2019 my interview with Alkistis Dimech was published in
The Brazen Vessel
, through Scarlet Imprint. I released the chapbook
Ecstasy: A Devotional Guide to the Female Mystics
, in July of 2022 through Hadean Press. In November 2023 I launched my online store,
Sword + Scythe
, where I provide magical art, materia and services under the auspices of Mars and Saturn.
I’m a traditional astrologer and diviner with a specialized interest in medical astrology (the astrology of the body) and astrological magic. I’m a certified nutritionist, folk herbalist, and proponent of physical fitness as a magical and spiritual practice. I practice both weightlifting and ecstatic dance and view the body as the primary locus of witchcraft. I believe every action we take to live fully, heal, and thrive is a devotional act to the ancestors.
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