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Langdon Graves

Langdon Graves focuses on mining the unknowns, both in the realm of psychic and supernatural phenomena, and within her own family. Inspired by the storytelling of her grandmother, her research took a turn towards methods and historical accounts of spirit communication, particularly in the practice of Spiritualism. She discovered a parallel between the rise in Spiritualism’s popularity and membership in the United States, and the foundation of the women’s rights movement. Some of those at the forefront of women’s rights and suffrage, who were an integral force for change, practiced psychic mediumship and organized séance sessions, known as Home Circles, within their communities. The ghosts in her family’s stories become metaphors for impressions created by elements of the past, and vague projections of the future; ethereal and elusive, but nevertheless present.