Breaking the Spell is a triptych of large-scale cage installations. The works are titled: The Spell, Spellbound, and Unbound. At the center of each exhibit is a different cage, offering audiences a particular visceral experience of imprisonment or liberation. Together they explore what it means to be human on this planet right now. What spells are operating under? Which do we see and which are invisible? How do we break the spells that are holding us back?
Imagine standing inside an 8-ft jail cell covered in money and coin or visiting a 15-ft winged heart caught in a mesmerizing spherical steel cage. Witness the escape of hundreds of winged hearts flooding from a small birdcage, hearts that grow exponentially in size as they fly to freedom.
These Breaking the Spell installations are designed as art experiences and rituals that bear witness to and acknowledge our collective imprisonment in an unjust world. We are caught in destructive cultural spells or paradigms. Life on Earth Art is committed to excavating and bringing awareness to generational trauma wrought by unbridled Western individualism and capitalism, and the hierarchies that result from this worldview that ranks and values certain lives over others. Life on Earth Art seeks to question our culture’s unrestrained and unconscious commitment to a patriarchal caste system. We heal through collective artmaking and dialogue.
These installations are the starting point for Life on Earth Art’s community healing work. The cages investigate trauma, tyranny and captivity in our culture and prompt inquiry into the inner and outer cages in our world.
These two artworks were created for specific social justice movements: The Incarcerated Heart and The Activist Heart