I engage in many forms of the embodied arts. One of the more unique expressions is what I term ritual performance art. The form begins with authentic movement, a movement 'vision quest' which is inspired by following the inner undulating kinesthetic impulses of my body into the unconscious. There is no music to stimulate my movement. This is the inner dance of the somatic unconscious beckoning me inward.
Coming out of the movement with my body scintillating in the energy of the journey, I give my instinctual~intuitive self free rein upon the paper with paint and natural pigments using my hands, feet, belly, face... energetically imprinting her ~my Wild Criatura's ~ mark upon the paper, mask or bodycast. It is from these markings that my bodypsyche's image emerges and from which my painting is then built upon over time.
Many of the artworks include elements from nature that have appeared as symbolic material in my life and dreams... burlap, wool, bone, earth, ash, feathers, moss, hair and fur. The images become living altars for ongoing rituals inspired by the deep feeling imagination and the dynamism of my unfolding life. They are organic creationary pieces that continue to generate, unfold, reveal, inform, shapeshift, transform and yes, heal me. They are alive.
A performance ritual will spontaneously realize itself out of the elements of gestures & movements from the original authentic movement and in relationship to the artwork. The performance weaves together and harmonizes the deeper energies of the bodypsyche which have been unleashed.
Performing this spontaneous ritual in front of at least one witness is vital to bringing these energies into my conscious Life and holding fast to them. To be is to be seen.