Our artworkings are visual, textural, vocal, performative, moving, ephemeral, earth-related and time/space based. Living in different geographic locations in North America we share our individual and collective art practices and develop collaborative projects through digital on-line communication at a distance and at residencies. The source of our artistic collaborations comes from our shared engagement with the Divine Feminine and the Earth, gestated in the labyrinthine container of wombspace.
The Gestare Art Collective was officially formed in 2009 by co-founders Barbara Bickel, Medwyn McConachy, Nané Ariadne Jordan and Wende Bartley.
The collective evolved within a framework of women's spirituality with three of the four founding members having shared experience on the planning team for the annual Vancouver-based Women's Spirituality Celebration (WSC). We began to collaborate through labyrinth walking and making after a labyrinth walking workshop led by Nané at the 2007 WSC; later taking up Wende's practice of sounding a spontaneous improvisation of intuitive sounding and deep listening.
creative and ritual space at artist residencies at Artscape Gibraltar Point led to the formation of
the collective in 2009. Wende subsequently left the Collective to focus on her individual music composition and performance. Wendalyn Toronto, Canada
The wind was wild and the waves were strong surging on the beach of Toronto Island on June 24, 2010 the eve of the G20 Summit in Toronto. As we threw our voices into the night, we heard the keening cry of the Erinyes, daughters of the earth, priestesses of the night, those who avenged crimes against the natural order. (www.1911encyclopedia.org/Erinyes)photograph by Medwyn
Medwyn, Nané, Cindy Lou, Ingrid & Barbara December 2012 day retreat.
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