An interactive art installation involving seeds, flowerbeds, leaves to lay face down in, a ritual robe to wear, a curtain of honesty.
Extinct Icons & Ritual Burials
November 22 – December 9 2017
‘The calling. The speaking of secrets through secrets.’ – Kandinsky: Catalogue 2nd New Artist’s Society Exhibition
“Rituals are sophisticated ancient intelligence about the body. Kneeling, folding hands in prayer, and breaking bread; liturgies of grieving, gathering, and celebration—such actions create visceral containers of time and posture. They are like physical corollaries to poetry—condensed, economical gestures that carry inordinate meaning and import. Rituals tether emotion in flesh and blood and bone and help release it. They embody memory in communal time.” – Krista Tippet
Invitation to enact your own Ritual Burial.
Think of something you would like to bury.
Please put on the ritual robe, be barefoot and lie face down on the floor in the position of the drawing . Arms out in front, feet crossed. Stay as long as you like. Recover and replace ritual robe.
Ritual Burial Collaborations with artists Xaverine Bates, Charlotte Du Cann, Jane Trowell, Victoria Rance, Laura Jordan, Charlotte Still
I asked women artists to create a ritual burial, choosing a place, a reason and how to enact it. After the event I asked them to write of the experience.
Each artist was asked to name a plant they would want to save from extinction.
Everyone is invited to add the name of the plant you would choose.
Ritual Burial ONCA
Collaborative: artist Clare Whistler
Ritual robe: Julie Ford
Folk song sung by: Laura Jordan
Graphic design: Raphael Whittle