I work with practices that cross a spectrum of performance, plant spirit medicine ceremonies, drawing/painting, film/video, performative objects, and installation. One facet of my work is autobiographical, in the sense that, throughout decades of runway modeling and practicing Butoh movement, my body has served as site and threshold in performances, videos, paintings, and photographs. In other ways, the work is not about me at all, but points to multiperspectived visions of supernatural and mythopoetic spaces that swallow me whole. Although not universal, these images speak to our human relationship with animals, plants, the cosmos, the Earth, and transformation through cycles of life and death. They are earth magic cartographies created in reverence and wonder at the healing potential of our radical interdependence with the Wild.
( Photo: Jamie Hopper)
My performances explore methods of movement and storytelling that pull from ancient, perennial narratives of birth, death, identity and transformation—interwoven with the ecological, cultural, and social formations of our current environment. My process is a layered conversation between experiential and visual art media–the works on paper and textiles serving as oracular cartographies for durational ritualized gestures that link the body with the Earth and engage roles of conduit and healer.
How do we engage in a deep transformation of what kind of subject we are on the planet? How do we slip into eco-heterotopic spaces? How do we create intercivilizational dialogues? What does an interspecies lover look like?
( Photo: Jody Fausett )