Kristin Meyers | The Shaman’s Allies: The Darkest Evening of the Year
Kristin Meyers is an interdisciplinary artist using installation and mapping ritual in sacred systems. Weaving ritual practice with non traditional materials to explore energies. The recent works examine the essence of spirituality and the dynamics within through a multitude of systems. She has exhibited in the U.S. and internationally including Arte Americas, Contemporary Art Center and Ogden Museum of Southern Art New Orleans. Residencies include AIR Vallauris, and Lorenzo Di Medici. Publications include Sliver of Stone, and Make 8elieve – Grimiore. She was raised in Chicago and New York City and studied at Parsons School of Design and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Contributed public installations in Rome, Italy and Vallauris, France. Currently lives and works in New Orleans and Miami. Works are held in private collections in the U.S. and internationally.
kristin meyers, artist, art, sculpture, sculptor, painter, new orleans, miami, ps satellite project, prospect new orleans, p4, vallauris, barrister's gallery, italy, france
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The Shaman’s Allies: The Darkest Evening of the Year


August 01, 2014

Exhibition, Installation, Sculpture
jonathan ferrara gallery, no dead artists
About This Project

Shamanism is an ancient spiritual system. Shamans often worked with animal totems, had extensive knowledge of the plant world and were completely connected to nature. Sometimes employing fetishes to achieve the goal of healing. Animal spirits move with ancient history reaching toward ascension to a spirit plane. The emic tradition of animal spirits is a adopted by many including Egyptian, Greek, African, Hindu, Buddhist, and Aztec cultures among others who worshiped various animals, birds and reptiles. In Native American culture it is believed by some, that ones animal spirit enters into a child at birth. Animal spirits come to you. It is not a choice you make, it is made for you, affording the opportunity to connect with nature and a higher awareness. Human beings have primal instincts. I believe these instincts and how we respond can reveal our animal spirits. These works address the concept of a higher guide within our-selves. The shamanic practice can be similar to some artistic practice. In that both work to access the collective unconscious by entering into a state of meditative thought where time is suspended in an effort to create energy on a higher plane.

The project is comprised of five figurative fetishes. Each piece contains embedded animal spirits created with ritual techniques such as binding, wrapping, encasing and weaving. The project departed from a meditation on a singular line, “The Darkest Evening of the Year” taken from a Robert Frost poem. Although I have my own narrative, I prefer the viewer to find their own mythology in the works. In the age of technology although we have made remarkable advancements, we have lost touch with our past connection to nature. The project looks at empowerment objects, multi-cultural ritual practices and literary reference. The project would offer the audience the possibility to re-examine their own connection to nature and ultimately look within themselves to find a higher spiritual awareness.