Reaching Out To The Goddess
Chromogenic print on Kodak paper
20.2" W x 14.5" H
© Copyright 2017 Diana A. Rivera. All Rights Reserved.
Photography: Color on Paper.
From the series Catharsis - She Moon
These images are from a dress rehearsal for a performance piece titled She Moon. I wanted to go beyond the practices of a dress rehearsal and capture the essence of a pagan moon ritual – a kinetic enactment, rather than a documented presentation. Clowns, aerialists, dancers and burlesque were elements, when combined, conveyed the mysterious, multi-faceted sensuality of the She Moon. A longer exposure dramatizes the movement and illustrates the emotional catharsis experienced throughout the performance. As author Betsy Cornwell states, “Those of us who embrace the feminine know its strength.”
The agony along with purging of shame is illustrated by the rapid movement of limbs. Sharp lighting contrast emphasizes the conflict between ignorance and enlightenment. Today’s generation is moving towards a universal acceptance of being but is still fighting against the historical tyranny of the should. This battle of liberation is at the core of She Moon.
---Diana Rivera, November 2017
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