ahjo K sipowicz
The Art of soma is slow and winding. It is art built upon many mistakes. Listening for sensations and intuitions is the goal instead of expert technique or perfection. It is art that can only be found by touching with eyes; seeing through listening; and feeling by breathing into song.
In today’s world, daily experiences are often of disassociation. Any act of embodiment and engagement with the consciousness of nature is part of our earth community’s healing. My solace has been a playful somatic practice. The practice existing in liminal space; between awake and dreaming; between practice and art, where duality of the fractured self meets the wholeness of the universe. The practice includes an active dialogue with nature–in communicating/performing/witnessing and creating in collaboration.
I call myself a somatic earth artist.
I’m interested in the self as kaleidoscope: the multiplicity of the present moment, the journey inward through sensation that is a threshold to universes and connectivity with plant, animal, mineral. Earth consciousness, that we are all part of while simultaneously grounding into the individual identity as unfolding creative mystery.
For myself documenting and making visual these experiences is an important process of remembering and integrating the engagements.
It is through the technology of iPhone apps and composite photography that I’ve been able to bridge imagination, spirit and body. My images traversing the realms of abstract, fantasy, mythic, gender fluidness, shape shifting and a spirituality that is rooted in mud and flesh.
They are transmissions I carry back from nature for our community’s healing.
It has always been about bodies for me; this body; emotional body; spirit body; earth body; animal body.
What is a body? Am I in my body? How do I stay in this body? Am I safe in this body? Is gender or species defined by a body?
Everything is held and gathered within bodies.
Is my focus on bodies by choice or have I been taught by our culture that a girl’s body is valued predominantly for its beauty and performance of femininity?
In our culture of disassociation, I reclaim my body and all of its senses and expressions as sacred, as a teacher, an instrument and a weapon.
Translating performance of the feminine into composite photography I assign a boundary around the sacred, myself, and offer healing to our community. As I work towards expanding our understanding of what it is to be human of nature beyond gender I demand freedom of expression, safety and protection due to all creatures.