AT THE HEART OF IT ALL
Righting the World

At the Heart of It All: Righting the World honors the courageous activists who have lost their lives fighting for human and earth rights around the world. Since the beginning of 2018, over 500 activists have been murdered and countless more have been silenced through arrests, death threats, violent attacks or lawsuits.

Artist Tracy Ferron and her team have constructed a 9 foot winged heart featuring the names of these fallen activists. All of them were targeted for working for a more just world; fighting for the ideals embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an historic document forged by the United Nations after the horrors of the Second World War. This document and its recent companion, The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth are inscribed on the hearts’ wings.

Seven fallen activists are featured in alcoves: Marielle Franco, Maxciel Pereira dos Santos, Samir Flores Soberanes, Berta Caceres, Hugo Albeiro George Perez, Su’ad al-Ali, and Elisa Badayos. Their stories, their strength of conviction and tenacity, need to be remembered as we face the rise of authoritarianism and intolerance in our world.

These courageous human and earth right defenders stand as bright lights inspiring us to create a more just, equitable and loving world.For all of these activists, their love for this planet and for their fellow humans was greater than the fear of the consequences of their actions. Their spirits urge us to look deeply and ask ourselves what kind of future we are willing to work for together.

Creativity From the Heart

The Life on Earth Art Project is a touring, multi-media interactive exhibition designed to build community and promote a paradigm of love over fear. The goal of the project is to amplify compassion, for self, for others, for the planet through storytelling and art-making. Together we explore issues of social justice relevant to that specific community and then offer workshops and events where we gather to share stories, explore issues and make paper mâché winged hearts together. These hearts can be put in the cage and then liberated in collective rituals of hope and empowerment. This community artmaking process offers a deep psycho-active experience of feeling human, an acknowledgement of personal and collective suffering and the opportunity to find beauty and a way forward together.

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Life on Earth Art
Straight From the Heart
Life On Earth Art
The Life on Earth Art Project is a touring, multi-media interactive exhibition designed to build community and promote a paradigm of love over fear. The goal of the project is to amplify compassion, for self, for others, for the planet through storytelling and art-making. Together we explore issues of social justice relevant to that specific community and then offer workshops and events where we gather to share stories, explore issues and make paper mâché winged hearts together. These hearts can be put in the cage and then liberated in collective rituals of hope and empowerment. This community artmaking process offers a deep psycho-active experience of feeling human, an acknowledgement of personal and collective suffering and the opportunity to find beauty and a way forward together.
Life on Earth Art began as Los Olvidados Liberados (The Forgotten Ones Set Free), the featured artwork in the Museum of Sonoma County’s annual Dias de Los Muertos exhibit. This was a collaboration with Ruben Guzman. The 15-ft cage and the 50 hand-made cartoneria winged hearts honored the children with cerebral palsy maimed and killed by medical experiments at the Sonoma State Hospital in the late 1950s/early 1960s. We created a short film about this first installation.
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Life on Earth Art is a mobile offering – we want to come to your community, museum, university, center, or event! Each installation will be specifically created to speak to a community-in-need, an unjust imbalance, or a traumatic reality, using the caged and freed hearts as vehicles for healing and awakening. These grassroots projects can open up dialogue and offer opportunities for healing and shared stories, healing isolation and loneliness as well as creating a wake-up call for activism and problem-solving. The experience will be shaped by and for the people it is serving, with the cage, its hearts, accompanying workshops, support groups, films, and other exploration shifting with the specific needs of that community. Together, as witnesses and creators of our own stories, and citizens with shared hearts, we cannot help but begin to feel, acknowledging suffering and hope together.

Life on Earth Art began as Los Olvidados Liberados (The Forgotten Ones Set Free), the featured artwork in the Museum of Sonoma County’s annual Dias de Los Muertos exhibit. This was a collaboration with Ruben Guzman. The 15-ft cage and the 50 hand-made cartoneria winged hearts honored the children with cerebral palsy maimed and killed by medical experiments at the Sonoma State Hospital in the late 1950s/early 1960s. We created a short film about this first installation.
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Life on Earth Art began as Los Olvidados Liberados (The Forgotten Ones Set Free), the featured artwork in the Museum of Sonoma County’s annual Dias de Los Muertos exhibit. This was a collaboration with Ruben Guzman. The 15-ft cage and the 50 hand-made cartoneria winged hearts honored the children with cerebral palsy maimed and killed by medical experiments at the Sonoma State Hospital in the late 1950s/early 1960s. We created a short film about this first installation.

From its beginning in Los Olvidados Liberados at the Museum of Sonoma County, Life on Earth Art has been a movement of love, bringing communities together, creating dialogue, and building bridges to a new paradigm. Through art, information, collective creation, and reframing, we connect our overdeveloped intellectual selves with feeling and heart. We move sensually from “us against them” towards a more advanced human possibility, through a process that wakes up the human capacity for compassion and inclusion.

Our new cage (seen here at our Petaluma maker space) is a collapsing globe tilted off its axis and rotating, with winged hearts imprisoned within. It was designed to allow greater audience interaction and to be exhibited with film and soundscapes. Visually arresting and immediately engaging for participants, Life on Earth Art promotes a paradigm of love over fear, an opportunity to feel and to heal. It holds both activism and art, strategically flexible and evocative. Our first film with this new cage is “Business as Usual,” with the cage as the central image for staging short vignettes revealing the traumas and injustices of contemporary American culture.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Our new cage (seen here at our Petaluma maker space) is a collapsing globe tilted off its axis and rotating, with winged hearts imprisoned within. It was designed to allow greater audience interaction and to be exhibited with film and soundscapes. Visually arresting and immediately engaging for participants, Life on Earth Art promotes a paradigm of love over fear, an opportunity to feel and to heal. It holds both activism and art, strategically flexible and evocative. Our first film with this new cage is “Business as Usual,” with the cage as the central image for staging short vignettes revealing the traumas and injustices of contemporary American culture.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Our new cage (seen here at our Petaluma maker space) is a collapsing globe tilted off its axis and rotating, with winged hearts imprisoned within. It was designed to allow greater audience interaction and to be exhibited with film and soundscapes. Visually arresting and immediately engaging for participants, Life on Earth Art promotes a paradigm of love over fear, an opportunity to feel and to heal. It holds both activism and art, strategically flexible and evocative. Our first film with this new cage is “Business as Usual,” with the cage as the central image for staging short vignettes revealing the traumas and injustices of contemporary American culture.
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Pagan Baby Creative Team
Tracy Ferron—Artist and Executive Producer
Cathy Maley—Producer
Mike Maley—Director of Photography
David Tanaka—Film Director and Editor
Carol Burbank—Creative Consultant, Writer
Anet Hershey—Still Photographer
Josh Livingston—Technical Design Artist
Timothy Taylor—Assistant Technical Design Artist
Will Katzman—Scenic Artist
Kestral Montes—Calligrapher
Jody Meese, Jenna Bowles—Painters
Mitra Cline—Digital Media Consultant, Collage Artist
Jeff Palmer—Steel Cage Fabricator
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