Postcard created in a HeartDance with Turning the Wheel from a long time ago. I always loved the love charm hanging off the bottom. The silver and the teal always felt like stepping stones next to a reflecting pool.
I created this postcard today at Vickie Dodd and Alana Shaw’s SoundDance workshop. Today was the final day of the 3 day intensive on restoring the nervous system through sound and movement. This postcard is intended to be a mnemonic device for me to remember the event. I think it speaks pretty clearly.
A long time ago I found an image in National Geographic of a man holding an elk on his back. The image felt ancient and haunted to me, even though the article was about Canadian hunters and the lives they lived. I searched through magazine until I found other images of deer/human crosses and planned on creating a horned god triptych.
I knew I wanted the colors of the final paintings to compliment the wall colors of my home (which are currently lime green, purple, and teal) and that I wanted the original images to be the main focus. However, once I started playing with the images I realized my original inspiration no longer worked with the other images I found. I ended with a male and female diptych, which are currently in my front hallway. They are mixed media works with a acrylic, oil, watercolor, tissue paper, and the found images.
Horned deities have been present in religion for a long time. In Egypt there was Hathor, Goddess of joy, feminine love, and motherhood. In Greece there was Pan. The Celts created images of the nature god attributed to be Cernunnos. Even Christianity has images of horned beings. In more recent times Horned Deities have come to represent sexuality, fertility, and nature, often becoming the masculine counterpart to the great goddess. I liked the images of the horned male and female, and went with it even though its less conventional. For more images of horned people visit my deer people pinterest board.
I had the opportunity to go to the Turning the Wheel Summer Workshop again this year. I wasn’t able to attend last year because I was in Paris, and the last time I went was back in 2008. It was nice a cyclical to go back right after graduating from college when the last time I went was right after high school. Everyday there was a chunk of time dedicated to creative playing. The options were Yoga, Drumming, and Collage. I chose to do collage and it turned out to be an adventure into my own creative spirit.
We started the time with a small guided meditation exploring our “inner landscape.” Then, once the meditation was complete, we had access to over 5000 laminated images that had been collected over many years to create a collage of what our journey had revealed to us. We were not allowed to keep the images once our collage was complete, but the facilitators kinkoed the finished creations, and a good friend of mine took a pic with his nice camera.
It was really exciting and refreshing to collage with images that had already been found for us. There were no distracting ads in magazines to mull over and no time was eaten up by cutting and glueing the images down. Instead we simply had to let our eyes wander over the tables overflowing with images, find the ones we liked, and tape them down. Once we chose the images we desired we also had access to a number of words which could be woven into the collage to create poem or infuse meaning. I didn’t end up making a poem, but instead chose words that were meaningful at the time to help me remember what I was thinking when I chose certain images.
Here is my final creation:
In The Beginning 2012 Time: 6:38 Created for Intro to Sound Art Studio (ARTS 3097) Professor Dr. George Rivera
I wanted to make a collage of sounds for this project. Most of my art is multimedia and I didn’t want to stray away from that theme for this project. I collected a lot of sounds, some found, some created to blend together and create the ambient soundscape I am presenting. I recorded words from my poetry, lines from Genesis in the Bible, and blended that with found recordings from nature. I was interested in constructing somewhat of a narrative with the aural collage. I narrowed my selection down to these sounds because not only did they sound elegant and beautiful, but they held the eeriness, mystery, and tragedy of the story I wanted to tell, the creation story of Eve, mother of humanity.
I have always been fascinated by the story of Adam and Eve. The Fall of man is such an interesting beginning for humanity because it is full of ambiguity. It is such a short narrative, with very few characters, and the majority of the tale has been left up to the imagination. With so much left unsaid about the creation of man and their fall from paradise, thousands of individuals for generations have looked back and tried to make sense of where we might come from. From God, From a garden, From a rib, From a tree of knowledge, From the deceptions of one lone snake? So many swirling possibilities that I too had to tackle this elusive story with my own interpretations and retell in once again with sound.
Last semester the professor in my Art in Contemporary Society class help curate a couple shows. One of the shows was a Day of the Dead exhibition in Oaxaca, Mexico. The professor presented the opportunity for students in the class to create an 8 x 10 print in the medium of their choice for the show. The only other restrictions was that it had to cover the content of Edgar Allen Poe’s the Raven, and only have black, white, and red as the colors.
Not wanting to miss out on being exhibited in an international show I submitted the work above. I hadn’t read the Raven… ever, actually. It had been read to me in middle school, but I had never actually sat down and read the poem for myself. Quite frightening to day the least. The mediums I used are acrylic paint, india ink, and crayon. I was really happy with the final composition considering I knocked it out in half an hour after reading the poem before class. Sometimes not spending too much time thinking about it results in great work.
Today I’m not sure where the print it is. I know that it was well recieved in Mexico and the show was supposed to tour around the country to a couple of schools. I don’t know if my print is still touring or not, and with the upheavel present in Mexico at the moment I don’t know if I will ever get it back. I’m really glad I scanned a copy before I sent it away. I have tried to contact the professor to see what the status is to no avail so I suppose I’m just going to have to make time to catch him in his office. Wish me luck ^_^