Hidden Universe + Shaman's Trance
When I first saw the Dostoevsky Drama Theatre in Novgorod, Russia in a coffee table book about global architecture, I was instantly obsessed. Pouring myself into literature about the strange structure, I began to imagine a time-traveling woman, approaching the magnificent building, using it as a hub to slip between the waves of time and space. Through this movement, my muse is independent of any observer, but in her journeys, The Time Traveler is able to capture momentos of her surroundings and experiences. Geometric shapes, prisms, and flashes of colored light surround her as she makes her way to an extraordinary portal, the keyhole to the Hidden Universe.
The collection, Shaman's Trance, is inspired by the traditions and art of the San Bushmen of the Kalahari desert in South Africa. Many of the San cave paintings and surviving imagery depict the entoptic phenomenon which appeared to tribal shaman during a trance state. During these trances, sacred persons saw visions, appearing as dots, grids, sunbursts, and other common shapes. These visions were highly sacred and regarded as both guidance and protection. Through the research of this precious tribe, I learned that the Bushmen are currently fighting the government of Botswana for access to their Sacred hunting grounds and clean water after diamonds were discovered on their reservation. Find out how you can help at http://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/bushmen