2017 has seen an exciting evolution in my art exploration. After being unable to set up Sacred Seed at Kiwiburn 2017 (due to the forest being deemed unsafe due tree limbs falling at random), I started to think about designing an external structure, so that I was no longer dependent on a forest to hang my work. At the Global Leadership Summit of Burning Man, I met Lee Hemingway, one of the leads of The Journey, an art installation heading to Burning Man. Boom. Collaboration.
After a very animated discussion about the Torus - of which both art projects are influenced by - we exchanged contact details, and forwarded our art to each other. 6 weeks later, Lee got back in touch with me, and invited me to collaborate on their project, happening after Burning Man.
The Journey's crew home Burn is YOUtopia, and they decided to apply for 'Temple', and asked me if I would consider using my art work to shroud an decorate The Journey structure. The Temple is a sacred art installation at Burn events, and have become a tradition around the world. They are designed to be a contemplative space, which can be written on, and at the end of the event the piece is usually burned, acting out a ritual of letting go through and being at peace. However, at the YOUtopia event, the Temple does not burn, due to fire restrictions on the land they use.
The Temple Journey proposes to use the existing structure of The Journey as the bones of the Temple. I will “dress” the structure with fabric art installations to transform it into a Temple. The art work will reflect my own art style (lace, quilting, doilies and hand painted banners). The Journey structure will be aligned in such a way so that it is a spiral, and the tunnel will be covered to create a journeying process for those making their way into the Temple.
This project has now won Temple status and grant money been allocated, which means that I will be heading to San Diego in October to install the work. Watch this blog for updates and more detail.