Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta , June 3 - July 15, 2017
Visual Arts Alberta -- CARFAC presented the work of five Alberta artists (and one collective) who use art to question today's political realities, and prompt challenging discussions. Their work was diverse, sometimes conflicting in perspective, and presented visions of the world some found uncomfortable. M.E.D.I.U.M displayed their video Reduce Reuse Re:psychic and their ritualistic Seed Poppets.
Artists include Barbara Amos (Calgary), Lee Deranger (Calgary), M.E.D.I.U.M. (Frater Tham, Madame Symona, Char Latan, and DR I.M. Auftenhazie; Lethbridge), Kazumi Marthiensen (Lethbridge), Alice Schoenberg (Calgary), and Gerry Yaum (Edmonton).
The exhibition was curated by Visual Arts Alberta -- CARFAC and presented by Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture.
The Rite of the Seed Poppet:
These small effigies have been constructed from un-fired recycled clay, and each one has a handful of wildflower seeds within their hollow centers. The Rite of the Seed Poppet is an act of "sympathetic magic" that the public is invited to participate in, and it explores themes of healing & transformation. Whether you believe in the possibilities of magic, or self-identify as a skeptic who understands the power of allegory, you are welcome to participate. Take a poppet, and perform the following ceremony of recycling and purification.
Take the poppet home with you tonight, and in the coming days visit an isolated site of deep personal significance. Hold the figurine while reflecting on the precarious state of the natural world and the detrimental impact we exert upon the environment. Project these frustrations & negative feelings into the doll, and proceed to excavate a small hole in the earth. Break the clay figurine and bury it in the soil. You have interred a symbolic malefic vessel. You will have ritually buried your negativity, and as the clay dissolves and decays back into dirt, you will discover your own discouragement & cynicism departing. As the seeds inside the poppets germinate and grow, a sense of optimism will bloom in your life, and will firm your resolve to make a positive impact in the world.
The video demonstrates the creation of Seed Poppets which are used ritually to help heal the earth.