Have you ever wished for different weather? And have you ever wondered if it is possible to really make rain, like some ancient cultures used to believe?
One of my long-term projects is researching the ancient traditions of rainmaking and how the combination of art and ritual could be used in a modern context to create rain.
The rainmaker experiments and ideas which I am collecting do not only serve the specific purpose of making rain, but to understand the practice of manifestation in general, the magic and spiritual aspects and the nature of art as a creative process in a modern context.
As a girl who grew up in a desert country, being able to ‘make it rain’ would be one of the best skills one could acquire, and so I set out to train myself as a rainmaker and find out the magic behind it.
I use old wisdom and rituals and freely combine them with my own ideas, materials and possibilities in a playful and unorthodox way. The important thing is that each project or experiment needs to make sense to me and resonate with my personal being. These experiments are a personal, creative and spiritual exploration and are not scientific in nature, even though I take them very seriously.
I believe, that once I understand the rain-making mystery, I will be better able to create the perfect world and conditions around me for my well-being and that of others.
The experiments are recorded and documented in different ways, in order to share the ideas and possible outcomes with the public.
During 2016 I have been invited to participate in the ‘Stories of Rain’ Symposium by the Global Nomadic Art Project (YATOO) in South Africa. The following artworks/rainmaking rituals have been created during this time:
Lens-based Performance, Richmond, South Africa 2016
The Rain Hunters
Stop-motion art video made with seaweed on stone.
Kraalbay, South Africa, 2016