Pray to the Moon when She is round,
Luck with you will then abound,
What you seek for shall be found
On the sea or solid ground.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Public Animas Ceremony Part 5b(2): Art. Let It In. (And Celebrate the Artists: Lee Harrington)


Continued lessons from the Public Animas Ceremony: An Invitation to Passion.

Lee Harrington, Artist, Educator, Instigator.
Lee Harrington, Artist, Educator, Friend.

If The Vision is true, it will find the right people. Celebrate them.

With great regularity I come across fundraisers, auctions, art shows, etc. featuring varied artworks where there is no mention of the artist contributor as a person. A name, yes. Maybe it is the animist in me, but when I experience art, it usually makes me want to know more about the artist. I think the humans behind the art should be celebrated as much as their work. So, in an effort to do so, we created laminated biographies to accompany each of the bowls that were created for this ceremony. Since the bowls were auctioned off as part of the don't-let-your-ceremony-bankrupt-you strategy, each person who took home a bowl also took home something to help them "know" the artist better. It's all about relationship.

For the next few entries, I will be including the biographies of our artists in an effort to further celebrate them & express our gratitude. Also included are the statements they provided (if provided) about their piece for the Animas Ceremony: An Invitation to Passion.



Lee Harrington: Artist, Instigator, Educator
PassionAndSoul – Anchorage, Alaska

Lee Harrington is an internationally known spiritual and erotic authenticity educator, gender explorer, eclectic artist and award-winning author and editor on human erotic and sacred experience. He is a nice guy with a disarmingly down to earth approach to the fact that we are each beautifully complex ecosystems, and we deserve to examine the human experience from that lens. He’s been traveling the globe (from Seattle to Sydney, Berlin to Boston), teaching and talking about sexuality, psychology, faith, desire and more, and is grateful for the journeys and love he has found along the way. He has been an academic and a female adult film performer, a world class sexual adventurer, an outspoken philosopher, is a kink/bondage expert, and has been blogging about sex and spirituality since 1998.

A fourth generation artist and sexual adventurer, Lee was doomed to become an artist even if he fought against it as often as possible. First his paternal grandmother and great-grandmother were both who’s who world artists, but he said no, I can resist it. Then his mother was a sketch artist, but no, he could resist that too. Then his father handed him a camera and his school put him in a stage show at the age of 7. He gave in.

Processing Transformation by Lee Harrington. See more at his DeviantArt gallery.
Processing Transformation by Lee Harrington.
See more at his DeviantArt gallery.
Photographer, Performance artist, Installation creator, Fire Dancer, Aerial Rope Performer, Burlesque Artist, Stripper, Drag Queen, Clown, Painter, and collaborative fashion designer and sculptor, Lee also looks at his historical work as a Model as a form of performance all its own. He also directs shows from time to time, is the creator of a one man show, takes part in Happenings, Flash Mobs, and Guerrilla Art, MCs, and lives life in the name of art. His sexual life is part of an ongoing life art project that has been being recorded in some way since 1991.

Check out the trouble Lee has been getting into, as well as his regular podcast, tour schedule, free essays, videos and more over at www.PassionAndSoul.com.


Within the Green

Multi-Media: Wood, gesso, acrylic


Palm upon palm, layer upon layer. Not only is the world made of layers both seen and unseen, but so are our lives. On this acrylic coated wood bowl, layers of fine paint were brushed and hand-worked in, and handprints of a slightest changes in greens and gold were build up to express these layers upon our lives. Painted out under the Alaska sun, the golds were asked to capture that solar energy. Each life we touch, from the smallest gnats to the largest deities, all leave their handprints upon our lives. These are worked in and held true, deep within the green.


Within the Green by Lee Harrington.
Within the Green by Lee Harrington.


If The Vision is true, it will find the right people. Celebrate them.



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Public Animas Ceremony Part 5b(1): Art. Let It In. (And Celebrate the Artists: Anna Nelson)


Continued lessons from the Public Animas Ceremony: An Invitation to Passion.

Annabelle & her magpies.
Such a delight: Annabelle & her magpies.


If The Vision is true, it will find the right people. Celebrate them.

With great regularity I come across fundraisers, auctions, art shows, etc. featuring varied artworks where there is no mention of the artist contributor as a person. A name, yes. Maybe it is the animist in me, but when I experience art, it usually makes me want to know more about the artist. I think the humans behind the art should be celebrated as much as their work. So, in an effort to do so, we created laminated biographies to accompany each of the bowls that were created for this ceremony. Since the bowls were auctioned off as part of the don't-let-your-ceremony-bankrupt-you strategy, each person who took home a bowl also took home something to help them "know" the artist better. It's all about relationship.

For the next few entries, I will be including the biographies of our artists in an effort to further celebrate them & express our gratitude. Also included are the statements they provided (if provided) about their piece for the Animas Ceremony: An Invitation to Passion.


Anna Nelson: Artist, Adventurer, Dreamer
Artist, Creature of Passion & Whimsy -- Anchorage, Alaska

Anna Nelson is a life long adventurer, dreamer and bubble blower.  She is completely enamored with all of natures whimsies , be they cacti plants in the red dust of Sedona or tiny arctic orchids in the mountains near Denali.  

Her passion to express herself has lead to painting, with a brush or sometimes her whole body, found object sculpture and hooping.  Most recently her obsession has been with anything aviary and she has been harvesting and collecting delicate skulls of all kinds of winged creatures which she is organizing into an upcoming show.  

Poppies by Anna Nelson.
Poppies by Anna Nelson.
Anna has lived in Tempe desert, which is where here heart is, and somehow managed to tear herself out of the desert long enough to earn an Associate of Arts degree in graphic design. She now resides in Anchorage Alaska.

Anna is a recipient of the Fred Machetanz Art Award.

In her spare time she runs a family business, gardens, laughs (a lot) and tends to a dog named after “The Outlaw Josey Whales”.  The rest of the time, she blows bubbles. 



POPPY

Multi-media: wood, acrylic, laquer, dreams

Poppies have long been used to symbolize our want for remembrance.  Our need to keep and cherish those we loved an have lost close to our hearts.

Poppies also are for fertility, who can argue that with all those tiny seeds.

They are also for regeneration and renewal.

Indeed then, what else says “Passion” from the natural world like the soft petals of a darling poppy?

"Poppy" by Anna Nelson.
Poppy by Anna Nelson.

If The Vision is true, it will find the right people. Celebrate them.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Public Animas Ceremony Part 5a: Art. Let It In. (And make it an offering.)

Continued lessons from the Public Animas Ceremony: An Invitation to Passion.

Rapture.  Offering Art Bowl by Moma Fauna.
Rapture.
Offering Art Bowl by Moma Fauna.

Art makes everything better.

I cannot express how much I value the presence & utility of art in ceremony as an expression of devotion, gratitude & spirituality as well as a magickal tool. I also feel that art, whatever the form, is the quintessential offering.

Art also enhances ceremonial "energy" (I actually dislike that terminology, but what is the alternative?) by bringing with it the collective emotions, effort & expressions of the artist(s). Each art piece acts as both an energetic amplifier & battery. 

I suspect I already mentioned this somewhere previously, but I have always found the most potent & moving ceremonies to be those that include an element of surprise -- something unexpected that breaks the participants out of their hum drum & presses at their imaginations. I know for certain that I already mentioned the importance of aesthetic in ceremony. This is where the Offering Art Bowls came in; to bring another layer (in concert with costuming, music & dance) of wonder & beauty to the ceremony, as well as to channel the energies of the artists who created them.

We asked eight different artist friends (professional, amateur & students) from various ends of the Earth to participate in this event through their own personal rendering of Passion. Eight wooden bowls cast off into creative, caring hands. Eight wooden bowls to return in their own time, but yet still in time for the Summer Solstice. 

In a phone conversation, one of the artists, also something of an animist, mentioned that he felt that these bowls being together for this final time, each complete in itself & yet also being part of a collective was the ultimate Offering. Because this was their final gathering, never to be together again as a Whole, the Offering was even more potent, perhaps even more of a sacrifice. 

And it is true, the Bowls gathered together again, only for this ceremony & were then auctioned off to support another ceremony someday in the future when someone else has a Vision -- a sacrifice. I have to concur, it was difficult to see them part ways, they were a beautiful Whole:


Animas Ceremony: Offering Art Bowls
Animas Ceremony: Offering Art Bowls

What pleased us as much as seeing all these Bowls return & show their diverse images of Passion was the comments from the artists who all unanimously expressed a gratitude for being asked to participate in the process. Some said they were grateful for an inspiration or motivation to get back to to making art. Some, more often the professional artists, expressed a gratitude for the process of considering the nature of Passion & the ideas, discussions & internal dialogue that this provoked. Gratitude for Offering, a cyclical reciprocity -- this is what really works.


I could go on & on about the various parallels & divergences of the Bowls, or about what I expected & what actually was, but that, I think, is best left for each individual observer. So, instead, I will simply present the Bowls, (in no particular order) as individuals & a Whole. (The artists, including their artist's statements, will be discussed at length in part 5b.)


Untitled, Joanne Harnagel. Decoupage, acrylic, wood.
Untitled, Joanne Harnagel.
Decoupage, acrylic, wood.




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Manifesting, by Alica Wolter-Hausser. Wood, watercolour.
Manifesting, by Alica Wolter-Hausser.
Wood, watercolour.




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Passion for Life, HPS CC Wood, gesso, acrylic.
Passion for Life, HPS CC
Wood, gesso, acrylic.





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Passion for flowers, Summer of love, Susan Shaftan Perrin Wood, raw pigments mixed with linseed oil and copal varnish, shellac.
Passion for flowers, Summer of love, Susan Shaftan Perrin
Wood, raw pigments mixed with linseed oil and copal varnish, shellac.

 


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Bowly, Bryan Perrin. Wood, Gold & Silver leaf & Shellac and Acrylic.
Bowly, Bryan Perrin.
Wood, Gold & Silver leaf & Shellac and Acrylic.



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Within the Green, Lee Harrington Wood, gesso, acrylic.
Within the Green, Lee Harrington
Wood, gesso, acrylic.



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Rapture, Moma Fauna. Wood, gesso, paper & etc. decoupage, acrylic.
Rapture, Moma Fauna.
Wood, gesso, paper & etc. decoupage, acrylic.




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Poppy, Anna Nelson. Wood, acrylic, laquer, dreams.
Poppy, Anna Nelson.
Wood, acrylic, laquer, dreams.





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Animas Ceremony: Offering Art Bowls
Animas Ceremony: Offering Art Bowls

Art makes everything better.









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