Summer Solstice 2019

Summer Solstice 2019

I have just been in residency in Wales for the early spring. Wind storms blew into the attic where I hibernated with two cats, Jamie and Hew. Warm sun days were scarce, but gorgeous stars and moons greeted me during the nights. Ah! now we ascend towards the sun-filled days! Yay! It feels like it has been such a struggle this year to transition from winter. The temperatures fluctuating so much. But now, finally, I feel us easing into the warm zone again.

Towards Beltane

Towards Beltane

I have just been in residency in Wales for the early spring. Wind storms blew into the attic where I hibernated with two cats, Jamie and Hew. Warm sun days were scarce, but gorgeous stars and moons greeted me during the nights. Ah! now we ascend towards the sun-filled days! Yay! It feels like it has been such a struggle this year to transition from winter. The temperatures fluctuating so much. But now, finally, I feel us easing into the warm zone again.

Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox

I arrived in the UK late February, first in London for a week to prepare for my durational performance with Samantha Sweeting, and then onto Wales. Deep long days as I lay on the studio floor at the art gallery in Machynlleth, making plaster casts of my left breast and ribcage, making sounds and gestures in the room, and looking up into the overcast sky. There are a million varieties of mist in this hilly landscape, and once in a spell you see the most glorious rainbow, like nowhere else in the world. 

Nest: Inhabit

Nest: Inhabit

Over this 48-hour period, two female bodies danced and vocalised through a cyclical score of lyrical gestures, disjointed movements, hysteric release, and stillness. This cathartic process explored life, death and the transformative labour of creation. 

Additional actions included constructing the nest skeleton, making multiple plaster casts of the left breast, stitching them to the fabric exterior, dowsing with heart strings, and sleeping. A knife hung suspended behind the nest.

Imbolc 2019

Imbolc 2019

It is interesting that as we move deeper into the year, towards the bottom, towards the turning, I am more alert to the quality of light. The sun is clear intensity and the naked trees give way to bigger expanse of sky. It is true that when it is dark, or stormy, I find myself curling inwards – but, when the day is clear, when the sun is up, I feel my mind can move with such surge and outstretch. I witness my imagination flashing forward for an instance, and I catch glimpses of the season to come. There is excitement and joy afoot. November was different though. It was Scorpion and ragged. But now, but so, December is Holy. It is time to acknowledge gifts and treasures from the past year, and to connect to the people we love.

Winter Solstice 2018

Winter Solstice 2018

It is interesting that as we move deeper into the year, towards the bottom, towards the turning, I am more alert to the quality of light. The sun is clear intensity and the naked trees give way to bigger expanse of sky. It is true that when it is dark, or stormy, I find myself curling inwards – but, when the day is clear, when the sun is up, I feel my mind can move with such surge and outstretch. I witness my imagination flashing forward for an instance, and I catch glimpses of the season to come. There is excitement and joy afoot. November was different though. It was Scorpion and ragged. But now, but so, December is Holy. It is time to acknowledge gifts and treasures from the past year, and to connect to the people we love.

Samhain 2018

Samhain 2018

The days get shorter and the nights extend. Extension towards darkness. I watch the moon grow orange and large as he rises above the lake in Nova Scotia. Venus, for the moment, is out of sight, as she changes her position from evening to morning star. She will reappear middle of November at the break of day. As she travels out of sight, she calls us to search deeper, to travel into the shadow zones, and to know more wholly the nature of our love and beauty.

After the End

After the End

We are under-cover angels. In the future. We are working after the apocalypse. We have been called to this kind of situation before, but this is the worst yet. We need to locate the soul bits – the long elastic light strands that got blown all around the place from the waves of explosion. We can see the soul bits with our glasses. We call them in with a special sound, a reverse whistle. We suck them in through our finger tips, and all the way up our arms, into our hearts. We collect them by whispering words.

Mabon – Autumn Equinox

Mabon – Autumn Equinox

Harvest – To reap, bring in, collect, receive.

As I land back in Nova Scotia night and day are again of equal length and in equilibrium – light and dark, masculine and feminine, inner and outer. We are at the cusp of transition, and from now the darkness will grow. It is an ideal moment to appreciate and integrate what has manifest over the last 6 months.

Lammas 2018

Lammas 2018

I often sit in Soho Square, in the long late afternoon, end of the work day. I watch people sunning themselves, drinking, talking, smoking, laughing. The pungent smells of Soho, a hysteric tempo moving under the surface. It is somehow also, soothing. 

I do not take this heat for granted, this seemingly endless sun blasting. Some people start to complain of the heat wave, after the earlier praise of the season when it was the best summer since 1976. I don’t complain. I surrender and thank the gods every morning, every day. I love this heat.

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

In London on Thursday 21st of June, the sun will rise at 4:43 a.m. and it will set at 21:22. Summer Solstice, threshold to the sweet season. It is a time to stretch and expand. It is a time to air out the dark bits and turn them around. It is time to raise the arms and laugh and yell out to the gods and stomp with joy, even on the hard days.

Moon River

Moon River

I have been working with the inspiration of the Dulas River, Afon Dulas(Welsh) near Machynlleth Wales. In Welsh the name means Blue-Black.

I am feeling into moon cycles and the changes that are happening deep inside my body. Sometimes subtle and lyrical, sometimes rushing fierce and overpowering. I have been listening to this river, touching it, diving into it, moving alongside it …