Sammy Paloma is an artist & witch living in Shetland, UK. She paints, hand pokes tattoos, and writes poetry. Her work is into listening to faeries, how divination disturbs linear time, toilet gods, grief rituals and necromancy.
In 1995, Sammy bought her first album on CD, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers 'One Hot Minute', at a record shop in Penzance. She listened to it once, and the next day exchanged it for a copy of 'Live Through This' by Hole. It was in this moment she knew she was trans.
She is currently working on a big computer game project with Uma Breakdown, called The Well of Shimmering Sickness, exploring holy wells and oracular storytelling. This is following on from their Surface of Scum collaboration (presented at MayFest and now permanently archived at HOAX Publication), which was a digital tool for unstable character creation.
Her book length poem about Bigfoot, There’s Always Things Falling Out The Sky, a collaboration with Roxy Topia & Paddy Gould, was published last year with Pink Sands Studio. Some of the work she’s most proud of is ink on bodies, but a few other places it has been published, shown or performed over the years are AMBIT Magazine (2022), Art Licks Magazine (2022), Folklore For Resistance (2022), Herstory Festival, Exeter (2022), Mayfest, Bristol (2022), Caraboo Projects, Bristol (2021), Cambridge Literary Review (2021), Modern Queers (2021), Radmin Festival, Bristol (2019), Supernormal Festival, Oxfordshire (2019), Outpost, Norwich (2018), Hauser & Wirth, Somerset (2017), Res., London (2016), Five Years, London (2015). From 2014 her and Tom Prater co-edited the artist-led journal, Doggerland.