Sacred Shadow Self

Paper Installation: Meditation as Art at Ryan James Gallery in Bellevue until Wednesday

Wonderful discussion about Meditation as Art and Art as Meditation

Part of the Play and Creativity Series with Mary Alice Long of Play=Peace

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From The Ryan James Gallery Facebook Page:

Installation, discussion and play at Ryan James Gallery in Bellevue.
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Art + Meditation with Artist Karah Pino and in partnership with Play=Peace

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Sacred Shadow Studio Update #3: “Rainbow Mandala” Paper Breaks Scissors

Here’s a small study of what will be a wall-sized Mandala with glints of Refracted Light:

Rainbow Mandala Test copy

Rainbow Mandala Wall and Performance Area

Rainbow Mandala Wall and Performance Area

And this is what happens when you use small scissors to fold and cut lots and lots of thickly folded

paper:

Broken Scissors

Paper breaks Scissors

I upgraded to new fancy titanium blades with molded handle scissors at Utrecht Art Supplies and found out they’ve been bought by Blick. Hmmmm…

Here’s the study for the show title.  I’m still working on my “SELF” (HA!):

Sacred Shadow title study

I’m still working on my “SELF”

Down to the wire, now, my friends. I’m curious to see if I’ll pull this all off. 🙂

See how it all comes together starting June4th at Mind Unwind Gallery with the opening Artwalk June 13th and Closing June 28th.  See more Sacred Shadow Studio updates and read the Artist Statement.

Sacred Shadow Studio Update #2: “Vitalize the Mind” wall panels

Artist at work Unwinding her Mind

Artist at work - Karah Pino, MAcOM

Artist at work – Karah Pino, MAcOM

I’m not sure why I insist on using my fingers when working with charcole…they always crack and bleed, but I am getting more savvy about using a Chamois…or paper towel in this case. — at Sacred Shadow Studio for the Mind Unwind June Exhibit.

“Vitalize the Mind” wall panels are 60″inch by 8 feet panels based on a Taoist Talisman from the 7th century.  The two panels will be flanking a permanent meditator carved from a column of light and the  shadow created by it on the wall..

Still need to figure out how to make the wall panels movable so the doors they will be hiding can be accessed easily.

Learn more about the Sacred Shadow Self exhibit,

an interactive art installation including live meditation performances and featuring two youth origami artists inspired by a 2-year-old, two young artists and a wise elder

by reading the complete Artist Statement:

Meditation as Performance Art: Calling all Meditators!

Looking for Meditators of all traditions!

From Vipassana, QiGong Practitioners, Yogis and Yoginis to Kirtan Performers and other Meditation Practitioners to share your sacred practice in a sacred space for the benefit of people curious about meditation and interested in learning more about meditation. 

Please read the complete Artist Statement for more information.  You are encouraged to bring brochures or other informational materials to leave behind throughout the month long exhibition.

Performances are scheduled June 13th, during West Seattle Art Walk from 6p-9p and closing June 28th 7p-10p.  Other performances can be scheduled throughout the month at Mind Unwind Gallery in West Seattle.

Please fill out the form below to share your Sacred Self!

Blessings, Metta and Namaste,

Karah Pino – Artist and Meditator

Sacred Shadow Studio Update #1 – Origami-style Tree Shadow Maker

Making sacred tree shadows:

Playing with light and shadows is pretty fun!

Can’t wait to see how it turns out at Mind Unwind this June. I hope you enjoy exploring the space of the Sacred Shadow as if a 2 year old, in divine celebration of being in the world.  Hope to see you there!

-Karah Pino, MAcOM, Artist

media: paper, light, refractions and shadows 

performance: mindfulness, qigong, yoga, chanting, singing bowls,

and other meditative arts

“The Sacred Shadow Self” is an interactive art installation including live meditation performances opening June 2013 at Mind Unwind Gallery ~ West Seattle.

Coming June 2013: The Sacred Shadow Self: interactive light installation with live meditation performances

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.

-Karah Pino, MAcOM, Artist

interactive light installation

with

live meditation performances

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Mind Unwind Gallery
– West Seattle-

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.” 

Patricia Anne Davis, Navajo Wisdom Keeper

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

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

Sacred Tree Shadows Concept Sketch

To sign up as a meditation performer for The Sacred Shadow Self Installation and Performance Art in June 2013, please fill out the form at the bottom of the Artist Statement Page.