Rituals of Reconnection with The Earth / Back to our Roots
EARTH DAY PROJECT / OJAI 2021
OJAI RETREAT CULTURAL CENTER & FLOURISH FELLOWSHIP
The intent of 6 Feet of Connection | Back to our Roots was to create Rituals of Reconnection with the Earth, Project created by artist / curator Marisa Caichiolo with the City of Ojai, Flourish Center and Ojai Retreat Cultural Center, was to open a space for Ojai artists, international guest artists, and the Ojai Valley community to honor the Earth through the power of artistic expressions that build understanding, connect, transform, and ignite. The exhibition is a compilation of the works created in nature with natural materials by the selected artists from Ojai and a selection of videos from international guest artists with works about nature.
The project has two parts / a land installation and a video installation.
Marisa Caichiolo’s offering: a seed during the germination process, as a ritual of nourishment, connection and relationship with mother earth.
All the potential and possibility of the world is contained in a single seed. That seed has the ability to grow, to flourish, to produce fruit and flowers, to offer nutrition, magic, and strength.
Part of the magic of these particular rituals is the alchemy of community and sharing. When we grow things, we end up sharing the abundance. The plants give and give to us, and it is only right that we give back to them. One of the ways we can reciprocate is by performing rituals that offer plants the same
thing they offer us: physical nourishment and metaphysical energy.
The ritual is done in nature by a woman representing the feminine and fertility. The color purple / violet in the installation represents the current female empowerment movement and is an offering of women’s abundance and potency to Mother Earth.
Project: Marisa Caichiolo
Performer: Rachel Robles
Images: Alicia Tsuchiya
Video: Jenny De la Cerda