For everyone born, a place at the table,
For everyone born, clean water and bread,
A shelter, a space, a safe place for growing,
For everyone born, a star overhead.
For woman and man, a place at the table,
Revising the roles, deciding the share,
With wisdom and grace, dividing the power,
For woman and man, a system that’s fair.
(Shirley Erena Murray)
A wise woman once said: “To find one’s inner child one needs to recover a child’s ability of trust and wonder.”
Since the beginning of human history people have been searching for something, someone beyond themselves – the Divine – to protect and guide them.
Over thousands of years the Latvian culture has preserved their search, their spiritual and everyday experience in songs and poetry called Dainas.
More than 1.2 million texts and 30,000 melodies of folk songs have been identified. They are still sung in the Latvian Song and Dance Festival that unites approximately 30,000 singers.
The song chosen for the performance tells about trust, letting go and wonder.
The sculpture symbolizes an inner guardian, who is able to protect, guide and nurture one’s inner child.
Canide(dogs, wolves, jackals) were regarded as the guides of souls in several mythological traditions.
(Resin, Teabags, Performance)
And another, smaller guardian
A female figure is gently swaying in the wind. Is she growing upwards from her roots? Or is she held back by them?
Roots are considered the most important thing in my culture. Your country, your history, your house. You are not supposed to leave them. But what about freedom, growth and transformation?
She is wearing the collar of a Presbyterian pastor, which is a tension in itself: Presbyterians were among the first to fight for women’s rights and the right to vote; yet they also gave fundamentalism its name.
The collar of a female pastor could be the sign of change towards openness and transformation.
Women’s ordination is still denied in many countries (or even taken back as in the case of Latvian Lutheran church). Not to mention huge and important denominations such as Roman Catholic and the Orthodox churches who do not ordain women at all. The situation in other world religions is mostly not much better.
wire, chicken wire, wood (2,30m)