Slug Princess (Arion, Eros, Thanatos and the Sower)

I’m just beginning my newest project, a collaboration initiated by the luminous Haruko Nishimura, with myself and film-maker/videographer Ian Lucero.  Please check out the details and progress at the (click here) tumblr blog.
Slug Princess (test footage) 05 30 08 from Ian Lucero on Vimeo.
 We spent one weekend in Portland doing some test footage and Ian pieced together something amazing that has me so excited to work on the real thing.  Haruko and I quickly cut apart a dress and used some crocheting I had begun and some flowers and sewn/beaded vegetables (that were actually meant for Sunshine Yellow Deer from 2003) to create the hint of the headress to come.  I became fascinated with the banana slug (Arion’s slug) last summer at a residency at Smoke Farm in Arlington Wa., seeing them on my trail in the mornings.  And I began to imagine this character of a slug midwife, compassionately assisting dead matter through it’s liminal state, into fertile matter where life could begin again.  Haruko has begun working on embodying this devouring, caressing, creature, full of appetite and desire…..we are all very excited!  The film will be done in October with live performances by Haruko in my costumes in locations TBD.  I also need tons of volunteer help and donations of materials, with three months to work and very little budget, I have some fantastic ideas and want to see them come to life.  Contact me if you’d like to help and I will put you on the work party list!