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EARTH RITUALS  site specific performance, installation, video, photo, and artifacts  

The Earth Rituals series is driven by the impetus to reconnect with nature in visceral ways. These simple rituals are enacted in public places such as national parks and along hiking trails. They engage unsuspecting viewers as witnesses who may stumble upon these performative, ritual actions during their own quests to connect with nature. They explore the changing relationship between the body and the landscape and draw attention to contemporary tensions that exist between the natural and the unnatural, questioning our role as humans in relation to the environment. They highlight tendencies toward biophilia as we disassociate from nature more and more as a species, and ultimately contemplate the spiritual connection between the human body and nature. 

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walking with and against the flow of water for one hour, followed by full submersion into water. Bolton Potholes, VT, 2016.

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Angeles Angel 

mylar dance with wind for 1 hour atop

Inspiration Point

video still, Angeles National Forest, CA, 2018.


Fault Flour

Fault Flour was gathered from one area olong the San Andreas fault line, transported and spread along 200 ft of highway along rt.2 in the Angeles National Forest, CA, 2018.

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gentle reclining dance with 1500-year-old limber pine tree. This ritual involved a 9-mile hike consisting of 42 switchbacks up to the 9400-foot peak of Mount Baden-Powell.

photo, Angeles National Forest, CA, 2018.

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Scorched and Cleansed

Scorched: 20 minutes, full sun, high altitude, 120 degrees        

Cleansed: 100 flushes, low altitude

Devil's Punchbowl Natural Area, Pearblossom, CA


Earth Rituals installation views with D. Gladdens' monoliths, collected fault flour, and water from Bolton Potholes, 2018.

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