2015 – Glean Residency
I was one of five artists chosen to participate in a 6 month residency at the city dump. My vision was to create garments that invoked the idea of what a spiritual warrior was. I really had no idea what I was going to make because I did not know what I would find during my visits to the transfer station. It was truly a magical project and I was blessed to take the adventure. I only had to think about what I wanted and usually find it buried in the mounds of garbage that was dropped off daily. I really felt the spirit of the trash gods were guiding me to the other side and opened my eyes more to the path that I have chosen to devote and celebrate. The garments I sought out to create became alive and a story began to unfold.
And so the story goes:
The fools journey into the realm of truth brings us together. Wearing a shawl adorned with
amulets and ribbons shows ego strength of the warrior who comes forward out of the shadows.
The spirit guides present themselves and become one with the warrior. These guides represent
aspects of self and metaphors for truth. First comes the shaman or turtle, then the rabbit, the
white owl goddess, the tiger spirit, and then the life/ death/ life mother or spider spirit. Each
guide gives a gift to protect and sharpen the Warriors instincts, but the spider spirit, who is the
giver of life and death which in turn creates or stirs the warrior to life. The gifts from the other
guides are simply water, earth, air, and fire. The warrior accepts all the gifts for they contain the
truth and within truth balance is found. Now the warrior is ready to discover what lies ahead on
the path of the unknown.
This is the story I have to share from one warrior to another. It was all made possible by the
living entity that is the city dump ( transfer station). This is a place in which we collectively with
intention throw away, get rid of, and forget about our waste and consumption. The garments
and artifacts before you were transformed into sacred objects to appease the great garbage
The Spirit Guides and the metaphors they represent:
Turtle or Shaman- Is between both worlds of land and sea this make the turtle a good translator.
Moving towards the way of peace in a slow pace but with persistence. She has emotional
strength and is grounded.
Hare (rabbit)- Represents abundance, renewal, hope, intuition, and new opportunities.
Blessings are in the mist and the needed direction and breakthrough is so close the rabbit will
nudge or jump into action to make a move.
Owl- Old soul, the gatekeeper, has the ability to peer through the agenda of others. ,will
observe and keep secrets and wisdom guarded until it is the right moment and then she will
move swiftly into action. Very psychic.
Tiger- Sensuality, beauty, and passion are strong characteristics but so is patience, mystery and
grace. She has new moon energy which is the dark moon as a seed getting ready to grow full
and magnetic. The tiger speaks to the heart to have courage to go after what you desire.
Spider- She tells us that not all things are as they appear. However we have life choices to
construct the life we live. She is receptivity and creativity and has the ability to fashion a new
vision after every initiation which makes her infinite. The web represents strength, beauty,
home, and within there is sustenance , birth, and destruction.
The Warrior / Fool – This is anyone and everyone. Some are ready for the journey with eyes
open and heart unobstructed and some start carrying much too much baggage. This will
eventually have to be shed in order for the spirit guides within us to fully impact our psyche. This
is how we train to be a warrior.
Please go to video page to see a short recap of the performance.
© Rio Wrenn