West Seattle

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

Meditation as Art: “The Sacred Shadow Self” – Creating Sacred Space – Sketches

Here are the final architectural sketches for The Sacred Shadow Self light and shadow installation June 2013 at Mind Unwind Gallery:

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See how it turns out at Mind Unwind this June!

Part of my great joy in making art is seeing how ideas end up manifesting as they change and adapt to different circumstances. Hope you’ll come play with your sacred shadow self!

-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.

~Still looking for QiGong, Yoga and other Meditation Performers!!~

To join in meditation, please fill out the form at the end of the Artist Statement.

“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

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

The-Sacred-Shadow-Header

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.

Origami Club Afterschool in West Seattle starts Next Week!

Every Tuesday at Lafayette Elementary, have fun exploring math, physics and engineering….what?!

Origami is a creative, fun way for kids ages 7-12 to learn core principles of math while creating art.

Each day will focus on a new pattern including some of the these fun projects: flowers, rockets, paper airplanes, hats and other wearable paper pieces. As skills advance, more complex patterns, such as castles can be built. Kids will have guidance while making something of their own choosing.

Winter Quarter Classes will be at Lafayette Elementary is from 3:45-5:15 every Tuesday.

Registration is done through the Lafayette Elementary PTA, please email create@mindunwind.org to see if there are spaces left!

 

This July at Mind Unwind: Mini Art Camp-Ages 7-12 West Seattle

Origami, Paper Airplanes, Paper Hats, Paper and Mandala Jewelry

–> REGISTER NOW! <–Mind Unwind West Seattle

Join Mind Unwind this July for a day or all three weeks of our Mini Art Camp. Camp runs from

  • Monday – Thursday
  • July 9th – 26th
  • from 1:00-5:00pm. 

For 3 weeks Mondays through Thursdays, kids will be encouraged to use their creative imaginations through active, hands-on art. Each project will incorporate creative time paired with outdoor activities. Permission slips will be handed out for field trips to Hiawatha (via walking) and Alki Beach (via bus).

Registration is now open. You can pay per day ($45), for a week unlimited ($150) or all three weeks unlimited ($250). Space is limited, so register early!

  • Mondays: focused on drawing techniques, rapid visualization, pressure and cartooning
  • Tuesdays: we are hands-on cooking. From cookie pops to pasta and pizza making.
  • Wednesdays: kids will be doing origami and paper arts. We will make flowers and spinning air floaters, paper airplanes that spin, spiral and flip, along with paper hats and jewelry to wear on sunny days!
  • Thursdays: Mandala Jewelry. Mandala, sanskrit for Circle, is a fun meditation on plants, animals and geometric shapes! Color your own Mandalas and turn them into shrinky-dink pendants, earrings or bracelets.

Class: Meditation 101 – Reduce Stress, Enjoy Life

A  one day, three hour introduction designed to deepen your experience of meditation and answer the question:

What is meditation?

As Modern Research has shown, there are many physiological, mental and emotional benefits to meditating. This 3 hour intensive will introduce you to 16 techniques from different traditions so that you can discover for yourself which kind of meditation is best suited to you.  These techniques fall into the four basic categories of meditation: Moving Meditation, Sound Meditation, Visualization and Mindfulness.  Handbook and Guided Meditation Downloads supplied.

View Syllabus

Register for Meditation 101 through:

The University of Washington Experimental College

or

Mind Unwind – in West Seattle

Class taught by Karah Pino, MAcOM since 2009

Class: Movement and Mindfulness – A one day 3 hour course

A class designed to deepen your experience of meditation and answer the question:

What does meditation feel like?

Meditation practice improves balance, mental focus and endurance as well as creating clarity and peace to neutralize negative emotions.

In this class we will experience the benefits of mindful movement during a 3 hour intensive including a review of some modern research on the benefits of Moving Meditation.

Movement in this class is while seated in a chair and open to all levels of experience.  Bringing a friend helps to encourage practice!

Register for Movement and Mindfulness:

The University of Washington Experimental College

and

Mind Unwind – in West Seattle

Class taught by Karah Pino, MAcOM