We are 60 percent water; Earth’s surface is 71 percent water; while water sustains us, and even IS us, our carelessness can turn it into an agent of our destruction. Throughout my working life, I’ve done performances, political activities, and skywriting about water and it’s importance our species and to the planet as a whole. Currently, I’m an image-maker, concerned with rivers as the veins and lifelines of the planet, and seas as the vast, living repositories of time, memory, the detritus of our habitation, as well as an embodiment of existential terror. I’m using iridescent textural materials — beads, tapestry threads, foil refuse — to suggest the physicality and reflective quality of water, beautiful, threatening, and threatened.
We are embodied water, and yet when we think of who we are, we do not understand this critical fact. We need water as a baseline for our survival. To perceive our oneness with water, we are exploring our own unconscious minds in order to understand the consciousness of water. The idea that water is just a resource to profit from and abuse shows how detached we are from our mother earth. We pollute, waste, and disregard water’s necessity for all of life. To experience our intimacy with water, we have to return to our dreams, to spirituality and to art. As humans we are always trying to change, evolve, or present ourselves in different ways. Water, on the other hand, changes states in a way that seems magical to us, and has much to teach us. It is possible to think as water rather than about water.
Water helps create our culture and our memories through its inclusion in our cultural and spiritual traditions. We believe water is our equal. The element of water allows us to see our reflection in it, to see our human form. It serves us as a mirror. Water Journeys explores this idea through memory and mirrors, both real and metaphorical. We use performance, video, and images that behave as Rorschach images through mirroring. We engage others to share their water journeys with the group using artistic means. As we explore our responses, we listen to the messages water has for each of us, and understand its critical role in our identity.