the process is the artwork

Ritualistic (re)birth canals

Ellen Ringstad artist/curatorial talk, pOTSYMPOSIUm 11.10.13, at pOTSYd. Photo: Rasmus Hungnes.

Ellen Ringstad / Rasmus Hungnes, artist/curatorial talk, pOTSYMPOSIUm 11.10.13, at pOTSYd. Photo: Rasmus Hungnes.

“Initiation ceremonies most frequently took place in a cave as symbolic of the underworld and the sepulchre where death took place prior to rebirth and illumination. As a place of initiation it was also a secret place, the entrance to which was hidden from the profane by a labyrinth or dangerous passage, often guarded by some monster or supernatural person, and entry could only be gained by overcoming the opposing force. Entering the cave is also re-entry into the womb of Mother Earth, as with cave burials. Passing through the cave represents a change of state, also achieved by overcoming dangerous powers.”

– Symbolism.org

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