Shifting Landscapes by Kat Larson. Gage Academy of Art, Steele Gallery. October, 2018.
In traditional Sanskrit text, Prana means “life force” or simply “breath” as breath is a life giving force that builds heat and transfers energy through the body. Aprana is the opposite energy, rather flowing up and out, it flows down and in. Yin energy can be felt in a passive posture, alone in solitude with your thoughts and feelings.
This painting-performance was greatly inspired by Ana Mendieta's Untitled (Blood Sign #2 / Body Tracks) where I similarly motioned myself in a "surrendering" type of gesture. However, my materials used were red earth paints instead of chicken blood, making this movement more about grounding into the earth and into my body similarly influenced by the hormonal cycle during menstruation, which was solely my aim to explore. In this painting-performance, I flowed back and forth through yin and yang poses, pressing the red earth paint into the canvas down into the earth. I found that I entered into a meditative state, more slow, more inward, more into my body, almost like a trance.
2018 1 hour long, (6 min time lapse). Mayan red earth paint on canvas.
rituals in my backyard
This series is an exploration and experimentation in creating “rituals” in my backyard to reclaim a connection to my own immediate environment.
I like to use my backyard as a space to create rituals for myself to connect back to the earth within an urban setting. I am interested in making connections to these domestic green pieces of land within our urban environments.
Rituals in my Backyard #1, University of Victoria, Visual Arts Building, 2017.
Give and Take, TV video loop, 2017.
Yelling in a Hole, TV video loop, 2017.
Video stills, 2017.
Backyard Ritual #1
1 minute sample, video, 2017.
Backyard Ritual #2
Video loop, 2017.
Shedding Skin for Spring, Backyard Ritual #3, 2018
This video-performance piece consists of myself, slowly taking off each piece of clothing beginning at the moment of sunrise, around 7:10am. The video is 17 minutes long and I walk up the hill within half of that time. The ritual was completed on March 21st, 2018, the day after the official day of Spring. Naturally, this piece explores the tension between human and nature's time, the ritual reveals more of a challenge for myself in slowing down to match the unveiling sunrise. In turn, the ritual acts more as a meditation in understanding and relating back to nature's time as well as my own form of "Spring Cleaning".
Video stills, March 21st 2018. 17 min sunrise.
About 7:30am after Sunrise in Magnuson Park, Seattle WA.
A dance-video piece of four collaged dances merged into one video paired with echoed breath and feet slapping sounds.
In Body, University of Victoria, BFA Show, 2017
1 minute sample, video loop, 2017.
Body Language is a sound + dance video installation of previously recorded voice sounds, listened by and initiating the rhythms of each of my body part’s movement.
Body Language, Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, Group Show, 2016