In the context of the mundane, a ritual refers to enacted repetitive behaviors that are regularly and invariably followed. In a spiritual context, a ritual is a set of prescribed actions intended to bring a believer in line with, or closer to, a higher power. In both cases, ritualized action functions to create, or deepen, meaning introducing order where there may be none.
This project began as a way to come back to making art after a extended period away pursuing a graduate degree in psychology, working in mental health clinics, along with the birth of my daughter. It was a time when I didn't have the structure of an institution to inform how I worked, or what I produced in my creative practice. I was struggling to understand if I wanted to make art, and if so how I wanted these two worlds I had been in between, art and psychology, to come together.
The higher power I looked to were theories on psychological development and philosophies of the mind and ritualized action was used as a mode of self discovery. It was an attempt to facilitate a form of developmental intimacy between self and an "other." In this case various aspects existed in one person, somewhat split from each other. The self of service (mother/therapist/helper) and self-focused generative other (producer/artist/maker)
Utilizing humor and the absurd, along with symbolism to guide the process, these "rituals" were mundane structures within which the exploration of key concepts were embodied through movement and sound.