As a contemporary sacred artist, I work across disciplines to explore the intersection of theology, ancestral ways of knowing, environmentalism, and spiritual ecology. My work is informed by my love for the earth and engagement with many forms of creative expression that include painting, sculpture, installation, and ceremony. An avid researcher of historical and contemporary texts, I seek to incorporate and recast my research offering insights into the sacredness of the creation, our interconnectedness in the life web, and to raise awareness of endangered species. During this evolutionary time, we are called to revision a new collective narrative for living in reciprocity with the living earth and with each other if we are to co-create a sustainable future. My work is a contribution and a prayer toward this transformative vision.
The vision for my work is founded on the belief that the ecological crisis is a spiritual crisis. That those of us in the developed West have become so far removed from our innate interdependence in the web of life that we are destroying the land base on which all life is dependent. This way of being has evolved over the millennia beginning, in part, with the rise of monotheistic religious traditions that reverence a transcendent God, while rejecting the holiness of the natural world out of fear of being associated with paganism and witchcraft adding to the terror of eternal life in a future hell versus a paradisal heaven. With the emergence of the industrial and technological revolutions of the 20th century, this disconnect has been further solidified by a now wildly busy, overly distracted, and consumer-driven culture.
Alongside our current paradigm, we are also seeing a resurgence of Native American and indigenous ways of knowing that remind us that the earth is sacred and worthy of our reverence. I also believe that each of us has this wisdom within us (our ancestors were all once indigenous to their homeland), it has only been forgotten over thousands of years by religions that placed a transcendent god above, separating us further from the divinity inherent in all creation. Through my work, I am inviting a marriage of these two narratives—a spirituality that is both transcendent and immanent. One need not deny faith in God, Allah, Yahweh, Christ, Krishna, Buddha, or science but we must—for the health of our planet and for the survival of all life on earth—likewise reverence the earth with the same devotion and gratitude.
I believe it is within this landscape where art has the transformative power to open our hearts to beauty of our world and to our innate interconnectedness in the web of life. May all beings awaken to the awe and wonder of this holy creation and take the necessary steps to insure a more sustainable, just and peaceful world for all beings and future generations to come. Peace. Shalom. Salam.