her skirts touch the ground

Urbeing – in dialogue with landscape, Elyse Portal

Portal’s art practice reflects upon relationship and connection to the land, her process is both physical and spiritual.

Portal harvested cattails from Rithet’s Bog and clay from Mt. Douglas; she wove cattails into mats and liquefied clay for slurry drawings.

Portal recognizes knowledge -information, wisdom and spiritual and social development -springs from a connection/conversation with the land. In a group meditative sitting Portal asked viewers to consider their relationship to the land; she emphasized listening to the sky, air, rain, pavement, buildings, shores and ocean together with people. Portal’s perspective honors Indigenous traditions and ways of being, one that is grounded in practices that allow people to be self-sufficient by sustaining the environments that feed and nurture them.

(photo taken after the meditative sitting)

Xchanges Gallery June 23 2012

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