Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sea Lungs: An Installation by Asher Mains

(Photographer Kenroy George

I love art. I love what art does. I love that art takes you from an unsuspecting cursory glance to a space of full engagement with some thought about our existence here on this earth. If you entertain these thoughts long enough art has the power to send you on an exploration of one of life's truths, as transient and beautiful as it gets- one could call it a Soul Adventure.  

Earlier this month I was invited to the preview of Grenadian artist Asher Main's installation entitled Sea Lungs at Susan Mains Art Gallery. As I type the pieces are likely on their way to the official Grenada National Pavilion themed "The Bridge" at the La Biennale de Venezia- 57th International Art Exhibition, one of the most esteemed international art exhibits. This is the second  consecutive year that Grenada has had an official pavilion and also the second time Asher has exhibited at said pavilion- the first time with his Cocoa Farmers in 2015 (La Biennale de Venezia occurs every other year) . 

This year his contemporaries at Grenada's pavilion include: Jason de Caires Taylor (creator of the world's first underwater sea sculpture park which can be found just off Grenada's west coast, Milton Williams, Alexandre Murucci, Zena Assi, Rashid al Kahlifa, Khaled Hafez and Mahmoud Obaidi

As I approached the gallery's entrance an estimated three times larger than life stencil portrait on sail cloth greeted me. A light illuminated it from behind revealing the shadow of a dangling sea fan, an object that through its appearance and movement resembled a breathing lung (as I would imagine them). 

Before the preview I had the privilege of exploring with Asher  what he intended to communicate with his pieces and the process that went into creating them. Each portrait has more dimensions and layers than those apparent at first blush. 

The Message                                        



For those who are oblivious to the state of our oceans and reefs in the Caribbean and worldwide- there is a bit of a crisis happening. Reefs are dying rapidly due to overfishing, pollution and people literally taking bits of the reef away as souvenirs .  All many of us have ever known of the reef- the only interaction we have had has been with the evidence of its demise washed up on our shores. It is accepted as normal, it is all we expect- without realizing what the ocean is telling us. We cherish these sea gift, we use the brain coral to exfoliate feet or create jewelry with smaller more delicate pieces. We use sea fans as decoration. In my home they make excellent earring holders. 


But what if these beautiful other worldly gifts are like pieces of ourselves, dyeing and detaching from our whole. How would we feel then? Asher endeavours to personify the reef's emotional reaction it's own demise.  The faces of the subjects appear somber, contemplative, accepting, anguished and sometimes frustrated. The faces were were of people I knew: my colleague, his cousin, my friend, my friend's little sister. I allowed their faces to render me vulnerable, completely relaxing into the current of empathy for their grief- grieving with the ocean-grieving with the reef. I was pushed and pulled the way the sea has often pushed and pulled me when I sit where the waves meet the shore. Grief can be all consuming- it textures our existence--we are completely immersed. 

(Second image from the bottom by Kenroy George) 

This installation, which you enter and are then surrounded by, has the ability to put it's audience in a simulated state of grieving. It allows it's audience to reconsider the privilege of it's ignorance to this ongoing tragedy. It is genius (in my humble opinion). Have you ever felt that gravitational sensation of emotional pain just considering a close family member of friend dying.  

Poet Khalil Gibran tells us "Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding". Through the vulnerable state this installation has the power to evoke- one can start to understand the severity of the state of our reefs- and that it does matter to each of our lives-no matter how little we think it does.

The Process 

I thoroughly enjoyed observing how Asher created one of these pieces. I typically envision an artist painting portraits standing at their canvas glancing forward at a person or picture creating stroke after stroke until the portrait is complete. I fully acknowledge that this is a very reductionist and stereotypical view. Materials (in my imagination) usually used include oil paint or any other traditional media of choice, stretched canvas, paint brushes and a pallet.

The reality of how these pieces were created is less like the scene from Titanic. It could be perceived as quite technical if each process is observed in isolation. However, if strung together in a time lapse, I imagine, it is all quite magical.


Asher asked friends to do a photoshoot at the beach. The creative emotional direction: imagine the stages of grief- denial, anger, bargaining, depressing and acceptance. He then reduced these digital images into threshold (into the shadows and light), projected them into bristol board stuck onto the wall of his studio and carved out each shade variation with an exacto knife (I hope I articulated this clear enough) to create stencils. 

Each stencil was then held to a large sail cloth and spray paint was sprayed against sea fans creating a somewhat scaly texture. Even the way he referred some element of a subjects hair as "island of hair" was very indigenous and ocean like. Once each layer was completed it was attached by its top edge to a piece of wood so as to eventually install it. At the chest of each subject Asher dangled a lung like sea fan and used light from behind the sail cloth to create the shadow and illusion of  Sea Lungs

He was deliberate, for this installation in particular, to use things that are easily and affordably sourced locally- sail cloth from marine stores or old used sails, sea fans washed up on our beaches, spray paint from the hardware, bristol board from Brydens ( everyone in Grenada knows Brydens is synonymous with stationary). Asher does this so as to debunk the idea that creating art is only for the few who can afford the expensive supplies- if one had a concept in mind, he believes, this particular style of creating is accessible. 

If you would like to see more of Asher follow his amazing instagram account: @ashermains 
Visit his Facebook page  or his website or watch out for him in Venice! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Toddler Friendly Adventures in Grenada: Palm Tree Gardens


Dear Soul Adventurers,

I am back with another mama blog post: A Toddler Friendly Adventure in Grenada. As promised, content will be uploaded twice a month on the 7th and the 21st. Last month I posted about the meaning of the phrase "I love you". This was written by a secret guest blogger. If you are interested check it out.

#BabyN is now an undeniable toddler ( she will always be my baby). I love this stage of her life. She is starting to talk and it is so stinking cute! I am in love with her personality. She is an independent minded, wild, loud, loving, sassy and innocent force of nature. She is at the stage where  she needs time to run around and release her energy in a natural environment regularly (a girl after my own heart). She loves the ocean and approaches the crashing waves without even a shred of hesitation. I love it and it also makes me nervous. 😰

Last weekend I decided to take her to Palm Tree Gardens in Laura, St. David (about 25 minute drive from Grand Anse or St. George's town). It came highly recommended by a mama from my Mama Tribe (a tribe of 3 is still a tribe...shout out to Marie and Amber). We called Laurence Lambert, the owner, ahead of time to let him know we were on our way. He gives the guided tour himself so I don't recommend just showing up unannounced. We were the only ones there and had the privilege of a private tour free of charge.

The gardens are exactly what I had hoped for. At the entrance there is a grassy area perfect for running around barefoot. The parameter - blossoming with tropical fragrant flowers, ferns, shrubs and of course...you guessed it, palms. Laurence took his time explaining each plant. Luckily Omi (German for Granny) Soul Adventurer was there to be a good guest because I spent a fair amount of time making sure #ToddlerN was not ingesting anything that she discovered on the ground (the joys of motherhood) and taking pictures.


What I loved most was the way we explored the garden- down stairs, small hills, narrow passage ways -all fringed with brightly coulored tropical plants. My favorite was a spot just at the end of the tour- after walking past what used to be pig pens, now filled with plants, there was a lone bench in a small grassy area. As I sat on the bench I became absolutely present, nature has a way of doing that. There was an enchanting view of different colorful orchids, palms, magenta bourganvillia and cocoa trees with their sunset coloured pods in the distance.

If you are ever looking for a toddler friendly adventure in Grenada, or,  if you are just a lover of nature I would definitely recommend this spot.

Palm Tree Gardens gets a Grenada Soul Adventurer...and Mama Bear stamp of approval!  


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Guest Blogger: Meaning of Love

 

Hello my Dear Soul Adventurers, 
An anonymous guest blogger has allowed me to share this intimate piece in our community- our safe space. What it means to love is a pretty tricky concept. How do we know what someone means when they say " I love you"? What do you mean when you say "I love you"? Love as a noun and how we communicate it as a verb can often get lost in translation. 
What I mean by "I love you" 
 by Anonymous 
People don’t explore and define what it means to say, “I love you” to someone enough. For most people it is a sequence of language that follows, “I like you”. For others it’s a way of getting what you want. Some people don’t think about it at all and say it all their lives. Not defining our terms is almost as bad as the tendency people have to categorize all of their relationships.
When I say I love you, it means that I am interested and invested in you becoming the best version of yourself. I want you to have a full life, to be happy and healthy (physically, emotionally, mentally, etc), I want to help you do what you say you want to do, and I am willing to give you parts of me, time and energy so that you can have those things. When I say I love you it means I am going to be thinking about how I can give and contribute to your life more than what I can get from you. I think one of the things that people gloss over is to take the time to understand how someone needs to be loved. There are some people that need to be loved in a certain way as far as their journey to a fuller life. Some people may have some needs met but not others and so the best way I can love them is to contribute what I can give or what they are missing if I am able to give that. There are a lot of things that I think people really don’t need when it comes to love. For the most part, people don’t need/want to be controlled. People don’t need/want to be dominated (unless you’re into that sort of thing). For me, part of love is to affirm the individuality of the other person, that they are on their own track and going through their own things and again, they don’t fit into a box or a category. There have been times where I realise that loving someone just means listening and accepting them and that’s what they need to feel loved. I can’t think of a situation where my being jealous helps contribute to someone’s life. I guess the one exception would be if I felt jealousy because I didn’t think that the other person had the person’s best interests at heart and then it’s an issue of wanting the person I love to be healthy and have healthy relationships. Cultivate love in yourself and recognise it in others. Surround yourself with people who understand what it means to love.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Finding Your Tribe: Spice Bloggers Meetup





I have to be honest about something that has occupied my thoughts recently- my growth as a blogger and writer. I started the year feeling very excited and enthusiastic about Grenada Soul Adventurer and my personal growth in 2017. I made plans to have 24 blog posts (2 per month). I knew my blog posts needed to be more consistent and frequent. I psyched myself up with big ideas and the task began to feel impossible. I made it too complicated and grand...too far beyond my mortal-mama-of-a-one-year-old-and-working-a-full-time-job reach. Thus far the number of blogs upload right here have been 2 in 2017. Half of what I set out to do! All big dreams and no big action.

Just before Christmas last year I met with Intuitive Health and Happiness Coach Adele from the amazing youtube channel Adele Smith to interview her for you guys. She does weekly card readings and motivational videos on her channel. After our first in person meet up...which was a two hour conversation (more on that to come soon) I felt strongly that I should have a personal card reading done by her. That card reading revealed positive career shifts and an exciting spiritual journey was in my future. I was given somewhat of a prescription. Part of the prescription, which was revealed on the angel board, was to find a support group-aka-my tribe.
As you may have known from one of my previous blog post (16 Amazing Things that Happened in 2016) I was featured as one of the Grenadian Blogs to follow in 2017 on Istra Bell's Blog  Islepreneur. After its publication there was a bit of buzz about blogging in Grenada (there are quite a few of us). Kindred spirit and fellow Grenadian  blogger and youtuber  Divya from amarnanixo.com was inspired to start a private Facebook group called "Spice Bloggers" in late January. She invited everyone she knew to blog and be Grenadian to join, including yours truly.

This group has given me life as a blogger! We share our posts, check in on each other, discuss things like consistency in uploading content and just about anything under the bright and warm Caribbean sun. It has become a safe and supportive sounding board to share those blog posts we percieved to be on less popular topics. These blog posts have stimulated meaningful, open and enlightening discussions. This is more than just a group to promote our work, it feels like a close knit tribe.

" I was excited for the meet up...to be honest I was giddy"

On Saturday 4th March we finally met up at The Edge Bar and  Restaurant on Grand Anse Beach just in time witness the beautiful sunset . I was excited for the meet up...to be honest I was giddy. By the time I was dressed and ready to head out of the door I almost did one of those comical skips where you jump into the air and touch your heals (you know what I am talking about).

Yuh gyul was scared to even be late (inevitably I was) just incase I missed out on introductions and exciting conversations. I arrived 20 minutes late and met almost everyone there. Many of us knew each other from school or through common friends (we live on a tiny island). We talked about all things from religion (in the most sincere and open of ways), spirituality, life philosophy, growing up as young women in Grenada, building websites, e-commerce, blogging as a business, skincare, healthy diet, self love...the list goes on.
 "I have a feeling that the bright future of blogging as people from small islands  is no longer a hazy distant dream"
Now that we have consolidated and mobilized I have a feeling that the bright future of blogging as people from small islands  is no longer a hazy distant dream. Already we have joined accountability support groups and starting to do the work to take our individual platforms to the next level. Meeting these wonderful souls  has not been an accident, the universe aligned it in this way to give us all the affirmation that we are not in it alone and that we are celebrated by our peers.

Have you found your tribe?

Tribes are important! You need positive people in your circle. Have you found your tribe? People who support your growth in a meaningful way?

If you are a Blogger in Grenada and have not yet been inducted into our group send me a message either here or on Facebook. If you would like to reach out to us as Grenadian Bloggers to spread the word about exciting things happening here on the island we are completely open to that too. We have been doing it for years. Each blogger has a unique voice and combined the topics we cover are almost limitless.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Practice Self Love: 24 Hours at Crayfish Bay Organic Estate


Self love and Self care have been huge buzz words recently.  Valentines Day is just around the corner and so I thought this post would be relevant at this time of year.  With so many things happening in our personal lives and in the world we often feel drained. It is important to take time to refill ourselves. For me it is very important to spend time alone with nature.

Sometime last year Baby N had a horrible week of teething which took a tole on both of us. I decided that when she was alright again that I would take a 24 hour mom-cation, our first 24 hours apart. As a mom, you rarely get time to yourself. You do a lot of taking care of others and often come up short. 

During the internet age pockets of time where you are not necessarily doing mom and family things are swallowed up with mindless internet browsing in an attempt to unwind (not effective in my experience). This is true for a lot of people, not just parents. There is constantly something that takes your attention and not enough moments to be.

To unplug from it all I spent a night at Crayfish Bay Organic Estate all by myself. I had visited this place during the Grenada Chocolate Fest and with friends before. I always knew that one day I would  return to spend a night. The energy there is soul soothing. 

Crayfish Bay Organic Estate mainly grows cocoa. It is owned by couple Kim and Lylette. Kim is a feisty man who loves making things and figuring out how it can be done on a budget . Lylette is a calm soul. They balance each other. Together they make Organic 75% Tree-to-Bar Chocolate. 

The estate is located towards the north of the island in a village called Non Pariel, St. Mark. It Is tucked into the lush verdant mountainside and has a stunning ocean view. My two bedroom cabin had an outdoor kitchen on a huge verandah. The luxury of the cabin lies in its simplicity and the good vibes is provides. 

Here is how I chose to spend my 24 Hour Self Love Momcation.

6 pm 

Depart from home - first stop: IGA Supermarket to purchase some food provisions for the next 24 hours. 

8 pm 

Arrival at Crayfish Bay Organic Estate 

When I arrived it was already dark. In my bag I packed my read at the time "The Celestine Prophesy", a change of clothes and a swimsuit (just incase), my Canon, Bullet Journal, toiletries and a little craft project I had been working on. 

I did not want to do much and I did not want to talk much. I just wanted to sleep for a full night and operate on my own time (I also really wanted to paint my nails and wash my hair without feeling nervous). 

The Next Morning 
After a full nights rest (oh it was glorious) I awoke at dawn to this view from my bedroom window.  
I took a walk through the estate meeting farmers and their friendly dogs returning home from their morning's work 
The Cabin has a generously sized verandah. Whichever way you look you feel at ease- from the calm Caribbean Sea to lush green mountainsides. 

When I returned to my cabin I had some delicious lemon grass tea and ate breakfast 

For lunch I took my time decorating my breakfast bowl with fruits, nuts and raisins. I topped it with cinnamon and local honey. It was important for me to infuse each meal with  love and care and not to feel rushed in the least.


I made my way down the west coast just in time to catch golden hour over the fishing capital of Grenada- Gouyave St. John


It had been almost one year since I spent 24 hours on my own. I am a woman who needs these moment to just exist without any demands and without the influence other people's energy. It is how I recharge. That is what self love/self care means to me. Unapologetically spending time exclusively tending to my needs and wants. How can we care for others if you don't take care of ourselves first? 

 What do you do to show love to yourself? How do you recalibrate? Is it a daily practice or something that does not happen enough?  I would love to hear from you.

Peace and Bliss 
Grenada Soul Adventurer 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

16 Amazing Things that Happened in 2016


Early on new years day I posted my feelings about 2016 on Instagram. It was a  tough year for me in many ways but it was also very good to me in many more ways. Instead of dwelling on the disappointments I am celebrating all the amazing things accomplished or that happened in 2016.




Some things may not feel like news to some of you because I have been actively posting on Instagram. So here are the stories behind some of the pictures.  

1. I visited Hamburg, the city of my birth and where I lived until I was 7

Baby N and I took trains and planes in early January to get to our freezing destination. It was our first mama daughter trip. That trip allowed me to reconnect with some amazing people with whom I share so much love. I had been gone for so long that I almost forgot the love that resided in Hamburg. 

Traveling alone with a 2 month old also showed me how willing strangers are to help and connect in public spaces. For some moments they let their guard down and they smile at a baby...and then chatted for hours on a train with her mom. Those encounters reminded me to trust the goodness of people. 

2. I plucked up the courage to leave my legal career behind. 

I have consciously worked towards being a lawyer since I was just 17 and actually practiced law for two years. I left because wanted to give my creativity a serious chance to blossom. The law gave me a lot of what I needed to get to where I am at today and I thank it and release it with gratitude. It was scary at first and I kept looking back wondering whether I had made the right decision. Wondering how long it would take before I felt competent and confident in my new field. Almost 9 months later I stand knowing that I made the right choice, proud that I took and chance and excited for creative growth in the new year. Check out some of my handy work on the True Blue Bay Boutique Resort Blog

3.  Alicia Keys dropped her album Here and it gave me LIFE! 

I rediscovered why I fell in love with her music and her essence back in 2001(as I do with all of her albums). In this new album she dropped any facade that may have been there and just blew my mind. Favorite song on the album remains: Girl can't be herself. 



4. I discovered my love for interviewing people
I always enjoyed hearing people's stories . I had a chance to interview fellow creative Christina Cornier (that was a really long interview). I got to hear about how she found her way back to a creative lifestyle after many years of struggling against her nature. 

5. I began experimenting with art writing

This is fairly new but I know its going to be exciting. I found a way to weave art, and what it does to its audience into my personal reflections. 



6. I was one of the organizers of the Grenada Chocolate Fest

That was an exciting and intense time.  I tasted a lot of chocolate (real chocolate...), wrote a lot of tweets, blogged, instagrammed and met some pretty interesting people. My favorite part was probably the people and the organic dark chocolate. In  just under 2 weeks an international chocolate enthusiast gang was formed and it was glorious. I am excited  and slightly intimated (by the workload) for Chocolate Fest 2017 (Starting May 12th). 

7. I met new soul sisters

I don't know if I would describe myself as a woman's woman ,but, the emotional struggles that 2016 brought with it connected  me with other women who were on the journey to healing. I met soul traveler Carly from Cherish the Day Blog. We have an amazing bond and I will miss her a lot this year. This woman does not believe in small talk and we had many heavy heart to heart conversations. She is a soul traveler and I am a soul adventurer....and we are both soul warriors.  



I also connected with powerhouse writer,  blogger, artist, lawyer, PHD candidate and new mom Roopa. Oh my, when I read Roopa's bio before signing up for new parenthood yoga I knew I had to meet this lady. We talked...deep down real talk about becoming first time moms, balancing that with who we were before and trying to keep that transition healthy. We practiced Yoga, we cooked delicious Indian food until 10 pm (sorry for everyone who was waiting on that spread). Baby N and her son also bonded a bit, it was magical. 

Photocred: Arthur Daniel


8.  I watched  Cowspiracy and Food Matters

Thanks to those documentaries I am now super paranoid about food. Super paranoid but also super aware. It has made me feel an urgent push towards taking more responsibility for the food my family consumes. I always knew that we need more veggies and less sugar ( we all know that). But, what about pesticide and GMO free foods. Foods that are real and not slowly poisoning us. I am not even close to where I want my food game to be at but I am aware and working towards it. 

9. I grew my own kale and sorrel! 

This is connected to my new food safety awareness. I always considered myself to have a brown thumb. I once killed a cactus! This time around our makeshift compost (i.e the place where I dumped the produce waste) and lots of rain was on my side. From my kale I was able to make two salads so far and two yummy pasta dishes (if you follow my IG story and snapchat you would see how much I go on about my kale and sorrel) 


10. I joined the Green Team at work.  

Thanks to the Green Team I woke up a lot about environmental issues. We joke that our meetings are generally depressing because of the state of the environment. Global warming threatens our very existence on small islands, the food industry in large part only cares about the bottom line, our reefs are dieing and creatures are going extinct. Fortunately, being on the green team also made me more aware. I use less plastic, less disposable diapers, grew my own food,  and sometimes even talk to restaurants about the dangers of styrofoam and the fact that cardboard food boxes are just as cheap.

11. One full year of breast feeding! 

Yay! We made it to one year and are still going strong. There is all sort of politics about breast feeding in public and they are coming up again now that Baby N is officially Toddler N. However, I am determined to keep it up for a while still wherever we may be. It is the perfect food and a sacred bonding experience between mother and child! She has been on solids since about 4 months but mannn that girl still loves her boobie. 

12. Baby N walks! 

Just shy of one year she started taking her first steps. It is amazing how many changes happen in just one year and walking is a huge milestone. I have been warned that now the work really starts. 

13. Baby N Talks! 

She is not stringing sentences together just yet but she can communicate in her own way. I can't wait to be able to have  little conversations with her. Although I have heard from many moms that I can wait...and not to tell her my private business! 

14.  I had a personal card reading done and believe in magic a little bit more.

I met Adele: an amazing Grenadian woman. She is a Card Reader and  Intuitive Health and Happiness Coach who lived in Australia for many years and recently moved to Dubai. Adele and I have been crossing paths on IG for a good while. Maybe even years. 

In the middle of this year out of the blue a friend of mine mentioned her account. In November or December our paths crossed in real time. I felt a pull to connect with her. A few IG messages...then an exchange of numbers and finally the universe aligned for us to meet and talk over tea and coffee.  I interviewed her for a blog post (which is coming to you soon). Our conversation was intense and amazing.  Meeting with women like Adele, Roopa and Carly was inspiring on many levels 

After watching her weekly  F.A.B Card readings on youtube and connecting with her in real time I had the urge to have a personal card reading done. I was slightly worried, slightly sceptic but also very excited to find out what it would reveal. 



I am now a believer. It was a  very positive and very specific experience. It left me energized and excited to step further into my truth. Thanks Adele 


15. Grenada Soul Adventurer made it into two blogs

I was interviewed for women's history month by fellow Blogger Danielle. It felt really good to be picked as one of the interviewees for her #BlackGirlMagic series and to be on the other end of an interview



Grenada Soul Adventurer was also names one of the Grenadian blogs to follow by Islepreneur

16. Books and Audio Books! 2016 was a year of great reads. Not many books but books that have changed me. I read Veronica Decides to die by Paulho Coehlo, Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman,  and The Celestine Prophesy by James Redfield (in that order) . I also started Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. 



πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’—Bonus! Because I have more than 16 things to be grateful for in 2016

😁I celebrated Kwanzaa for the first time and documented it on snapchat and instagram
πŸ‘»I joined snapchat and sort of kind of understand it now (follow gndadventurer)
πŸ‘I am a volunteer at the Grenada Community Library (PR Team)
πŸ‘The Grenada Community Library found a permanent home
πŸ‘The Grenada Community Library published its first book; "The Grenada Chocolate Family" the narrative of which was dreamed up by the children of the creative writing program.
πŸ™My friend Carly Introduced me to Spray Bay in Westerhall and I screamed at the ocean


πŸ’ƒI wore turbans and felt fabulous

Writing this blog affirmed that 2016 was not as rough as I made it out to be. There were dark moments, but they only served to bring out the light.

In 2017 I have one rule : "Find what feels good and everything else will take care of itself."

I would love to hear from you in the comments

What are you grateful for 2016?
What are your intentions/resolutions/ rules for 2017?

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pressure from within: Life Springs forth


If the egg never cracks open from within, or, is cracked open by external force it will just decay and rot perfectly intact. And what would the point of its fucking existence then? There you have it, my first two lines...complete with profanity and existential wondering. 

Last week I was invited to an exclusive artsy soiree at La Luna Resort. I was told that I was especially invited to write and take pictures of Rene Froehlich's latest fiberglass sculpture exhibit: "Inside out".  In local parlance " Ah did feel nice!". No promises were made that there would be a resulting blog post. I had recently learned from Stacy Byer ( Grenadian artist and illustrator) that if work commissioned does not work for her, it will not be forced, she believes in great work...and she said so unapologetically. I took note.  
When I got to the gate of the Resort I let the security guard know I was there for the exhibit, he replied "Oh the party...go straight down". Party? He must not have understood...it was an exhibit. Or was it?  


The sun had just disappeared beneath the horizon as I walked down the steep path to the ocean front yoga pavilion. I saw a small bar set up in the distance (yes! The free wine I was hoping for), some sculptures in the area surrounding the yoga pavilion, and yes, there was music (it was quite party like). 


This was intriguing. I walked around the pavilion discovering illuminated female fiberglass  figures, incomplete or maybe broken (i.e missing arms and legs or parts thereof)  in the bushes. This was unlike any exhibit I had seen before. There were sculptures and installations in the garden of the art school next to my law school back in Trinidad but none that were so gracefully placed "in the bush" almost as if they simply belonged.  

I saw Asher Mains (as I usually do at these things) and we got to talking about the work. Asher explained that when Renee was in art school his teacher said " If an egg is cracked from the outside, it means death, but if it cracks from pressure from within that means life"...or something to that effect. What an amazing spring board to leap from into my internal journey into making sense of this exhibit. 

In the centre of the pavilion was a female figure, from just beneath crotch to neck, glowing from within, burst open at the sides.  Liberation!!!  
Many of us spend a large portion of our lives distracted by the task of  holding our shit together. There is so much internal chatter and external pressure. Pressure that has become our truth, and the benchmarks to which we hold the validity of our existence. The biggest lie is that allowing ourselves to be molded by this pressure will make us good and worthy. 

The figure, the centerpiece and conversation piece of this exhibit spoke to my soul. If we just ripped, from the pressure of our essence, it would be revealed that we glow from the inside . If we break from the pressure from anything else we are ruined...for nothing.  

Liberation, self determination and glowing from within and owning my magic have been the themes that have returned to me throughout this year's journey over and over...just as I suspected at the end of last year.  As I continued to explore the gardens (almost trampling the Resort's Kitchen garden to get an interesting perspective from behind the lens) the theme jumped out at me again and again.  


Zipping us up by the backside as we come undone, but the delightful truth remains; that the light which shines from within must be allowed to illuminate the darkness. 

There is an urgency guided by our almost mystified intuition to push against the boundaries. 

Incase the messages from the exhibit could not speak to me any more categorically there she was, ripping the box open as she emerged.  



Earlier this year I read (and listened to) The Celestine Prophesy by James Redfield. A Passage that stood out most to me was: 

 ' She hesitated for a moment, still looking at me intensely. " 

He said "the Manuscript dates back to about 600 BC. It predicts a massive transformation in human society."  


"Beginning when" I asked  
"In the last decades of the twentieth century."  
"Now?!"
 "Yes now"  
 "What kind of transformation is it supposed to be?" I asked.  

She looked embarrassed for a moment, then with force said, "The priest told me it's a kind of rennaisance of consciousness, occurring very slowly. It's not religious in nature, but spiritual. We are discovering something new about human life on this planet, about what our existence means, and according to the priest, this knowledge will alter human culture dramatically."'



Soul Adventures and the courage to return to authenticity vs crowd pleasing, and, being honest about my desires this year has set me on a path to a tingly magical space. I slowly awaken from the delusions and distractions...I have cracked. The pressure from within was too great, something was determined to be released, it was life longing for itself. The belief in a harmonious existence.  

Life was never about pristine uncracked egg in the first place. It is useless. This appearance must be shattered and the essence....life...must spring forth. 

Thank You Rene, for the timely reminder. 

The exhibit is open to the public until January 25th at La Luna Resort in Morne Rouge, St. George. 
You can follow Rene on Instagram for some behind the scenes images of his work and life.