Marjorie Elizabeth Cameron Parsons Kimmel

(23rd April, 1922 – 24th June, 1995)

better known simply as


Cameron - self-portrait, 'Black Egg'

‘We are Stars and herald alien laws outside the Solar Wheel invading natural systems of the Earth.’


‘Mockery is the punishment of of the Gods. What fiendish laughter.’

Cameron - Pan

‘Mine eyes are terrible and strange but thou knowest me.’

Dark Angel (Portrait of Jack)

‘We dance a geometry of wizardry and wind the threads about our prey.’


‘We traveled Stellar webs to darker Worlds within the Lunar mirrors of Suicide.’

Cameron - Portrait of Jack

‘Death has been thy lover. Is there else to fear?’

Marjorie Cameron - Death Boat

‘Up the swirling scarf of smoke rise our invocations.’

Cameron - Portrait of Samson de Brier (1962)

‘In this hour I decide between nothingness and creation.’

one half of Cameron's 'Witch' diptych

‘And the hag with lizard eyes embraces shadows . . .’


Prior to the recent Cameron: Songs For The Witch Woman exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center (October 11, 2014–January 18, 2015), the largest survey of Marjorie Cameron’s artwork was The Pearl of Reprisal, a retrospective at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 1989. The exhibition spanned thirty years, from the notorious Untitled “Peyote Vision” of 1955 to later pen-and-ink drawings that lent insight to the artist’s psychic state at the time.

Cameron - Peyote Vision

Before the opening reception, Hedy Sontag introduced a program titled An Evening With Cameron: The Pearl of Reprisal. Sontag screened two films that feature Cameron: Kenneth Anger’s Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954) and Curtis Harrington’s lyrical documentary The Wormwood Star (1955). After the screening, Cameron emerged barefoot to give a dramatic reading of her poetry by candlelight.

This rare footage, courtesy of the Cameron Parsons Foundation, has been made available by MOCA on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKHALUlObgQ

Curtis Harrington’s The Wormwood Star (from which all the quotations above were drawn) can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlmQxOw__yk 


Wormwood Star: The Magickal Life of Marjorie Cameron by Spencer Kansa is still available in a revised & enlarged edition from Mandrake of Oxford: http://mandrake.uk.net/wormwood-star/

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  1. Thank you! It makes me feel a little better about missing it….

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