Borrowing motifs from both pagan and Christian lore, my newest multimedia environmental installation couples elements of nature with audio-visual projections to play with the balance between light and dark, physical and spiritual, real and imagined.
Imbolc is a fire festival celebrating the home, hearth, and the halfway point between Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. It is quite literally mid-winter, and while the days continue to grow lighter, it is still dark and cold outside.
In the Hindu yogic tradition, “namasté” is a solemn greeting that can be translated from Sanskrit to mean “the Divine Light in me sees and honors the Divine Light in you.” In Tibetan Buddhism, the touching of foreheads is a wordless greeting of peace that signifies a similar sentiment.
Did you know that the celebration of October 31, commonly known as Halloween in North America, derives from the ancient pagan tradition of Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year?