Roger Ballen’s Startling and Unsettling Visions

Roger Ballen’s work is one of my great inspirations.  He has created a fascinating & shadowy universe through photographing the impoverished whites in their rural South African villages. Since the 1980’s American expatriate and former geologist Ballen turned his camera lens onto the insular world of these Shadow Land people. The images feel like walking…

Jupiter Arts Center Painted Body photography show

The art show Saturday October 10th was a love-fest!!! Bless all 21 people who drove 160 miles round trip to represent at the opening. And Thanks to Robert Tomlinson the director of Jupiter Arts Center & Gallery in Centralia, Washington for creating great  shows and all the local folks who supported the event as well.…

Returning to Cascadia and Belonging

Returning home. Where is home?  Do you belong to the land you were birthed on, or to your ancestral heritage, or to the past-life influences that weave throughout this incarnation? How can we reclaim our multidimensionality, belonging again to everything as we once knew? I ponder belonging a lot.  I am genetically Scandinavian & German,…

Tribal epiphanies in graffiti tunnels

So back to the story of how The Oracle of Initiation divination deck was created… in 2008 I had  made the biggest geographic move of my life {other than a youthful jaunt in Italy} to New Mexico. This relocation occurred  six months before The Painted Body series emerged for the deck. I had been working…

How Hip Hop, Horses Dances and The Hopi inspired The Oracle of Initiation deck

“It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you, without a strong rhyme to step to. Think of how many weak shows you slept through, times up, I’m sorry I kept you.” I Know YOU Got Soul by Eric B & Rakim How long has it been since you lived within a strong rhythm,…

Ana Mendieta-ritualistic earth artist

This is the first  in a series of posts about women photographers who have used their own bodies as the primary vessels for their artistic expression. The articles will explore what motivated these women to step beyond cultural expectations of the feminine and use self-portraiture to examine identity and relationship through the camera lens. I…