Demons Land: a poem come true is a multi-media event – film, paintings, sculptures and digital drama – in which a beautiful, violent, hallucinogenic poem comes uncannily and alarmingly to life. The project is a collaboration between Tom de Freston (artist), Simon Palfrey (writer) and Mark Jones (filmmaker). For Demons Land Tom made thirty large canvases, two 9×9 grids of paintings and co directed the film.
The projects inspiration is the greatest, guiltiest epic poem of the English Renaissance: Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene (1590-96). Written in the service of religious fundamentalism and cultural genocide, it is poem of idealism, temptation, ravishing gorgeousness; but also a poem of coercion and prevention. Spenser’s vast, conflicted work becomes the seminal text of the unfinished modern world.