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What we choose to remember—and how—has a profound impact on how we understand ourselves and our world.

Since 2019, Margaux Crump and Jake Eshelman have been traveling across present-day America to document the locations where records indicate fifty-four individuals were accused of witchcraft and executed by the state. Operating on the premise that places hold memory and that cultural memory can be deeply political, this project investigates how the land and the people in these sites have honored, altered, hidden, perverted, or neglected the memories of these persecutions.

Richly imagined by Western culture, the archetype of the witch occupies the liminal spaces between past and present, real and fantasy, fear and desire. It exists in the periphery—a metonym for danger and difference. Hag, healer, beggar, heretic, seductress; the witch has long haunted our stories. Yet we have not made it a priority to remember those who were condemned and executed. Why is this? Why does the witch thrive as a cultural construct, while individuals executed for witchcraft are largely forgotten or excluded?

By confronting these questions, Echoes of the Witch strives to help bring these memories back into our collective consciousness, contributing to the process of (un)learning, healing, and evolving together.


Thank you to everyone who has extended their enthusiasm and support for Echoes of the Witch—especially those who graciously offered their time, resources, skills, and hospitality over the course of this project.

Carol and David Allen
Beth Caruso, author of One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging 

Tasha Dorsey
The Fairfield Museum & History Center
Bob and Carolyn Florek

Susan Graham

Paul Joy of Goody Bassett’s Ice Cream 
History Alive Theater Company, especially:
        Kristina Stevick
        Jennifer Emerson
Daniel Pagan

Peabody Essex Museum
Elizabeth Rose 

The Salem Police Department, especially:
       Chief Mary Butler

       Chief’s Asst. Robert Mulligan

       Officer Ryan Arundel

David Wright

The Artists

Margaux Crump
is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the entanglements between ecology, magic, and myth. She is particularly invested in the phenomena of unseen worlds, from the microscopic to the parallel mythic realms. Inspired by the same historical moment when some gazed into crystal balls to tell the future while others peered through tiny glass balls in early microscopes to reveal microbes for the first time, her recent sculptures, photographs, and time-based works consider how unveiling that which is beyond our gaze can shape how we view and understand our world at large.

You can view her work at margauxcrump.com
and keep tabs via instagram

Jake Eshelman
is a photo-based artist and visual researcher whose work considers the complex relationships between people, the environment, and everyone we share it with. Working to transcend the notion that humanity is somehow separate from—or superior to—the natural world, his work creates opportunities to address anthropocentrism and (re)consider our ecological kinships.

You can view his work at jakeeshelman.com
and keep tabs via instagram