Artist Karah Pino, MAcOM transforms the Mind Unwind Gallery with live meditation performances, a paper installation and multiple interacting light sources giving viewers a chance to play the game of shadow finding, observing the effect of shadows and light to bring a new awareness of the space we are in. Playing with your sacred shadow self is a reminder that you are in the world of substance, you are more than your thoughts and feelings, but also matter interacting with the materiality of what exists around you.
I hope you enjoy exploring the space of the Sacred Shadow as a 2-year-old does,
in divine celebration of being in the world.
interactive light installation
live meditation performances
media: paper, light, refractions and shadows
performance: mindfulness, qigong, yoga, chanting, singing bowls,
and other meditative arts
opening performance June 13, 6p-9p
closing performance June 28, 7p-10p
“We are all a precious child of creator and as such our shadow is also a sacred part of our selves as the precious children of the holy people our ancestors in the context of the natural order in the universe.”
artist statement – excerpt
I first heard the term Sacred Shadow Self in a conversation with Navajo Wisdom Keeper, Patricia Anne Davis. My son was 2 years old and just learning about the magic of shadows. Patricia and I were watching Alvin playing with his shadow when Patricia explained to me how the Navajo word for shadow conveyed the entire concept she described as the Sacred Shadow Self. In the indigenous worldview all life is sacred. As such, a shadow cast by a living being between the Sun and the Earth is also sacred. In this way, the Sacred Shadow of the Self is a result of being in the world of substance.
Vitalize the Brain Concept Sketch
In this show I wanted to give participants the opportunity to experience their own sacred shadow self through performance and light. The experience of observing the sacredness of meditative moments in experienced meditators trained in the art of meditation gives viewers the opportunity to join in the meditation by building their observer mind. The observer mind is the practice of being mindful and present in awareness while remaining calm, non-reactive and non-judgemental. – Read the Complete Artist Statement here
Sacred Tree Shadows Concept Sketch