Growth Spells

Growth Spells are an ongoing series of drawings exploring mark-making, process, organic algorithms, non-machines, boundaries, healing, meditation, and ritual. Both words in the series title have dual meaning: growth referring to the nature of the drawings as they take shape, as well as personal healing and transformation; spell as in a stretch of time, as well as magical incantation. The only rules are that the drawing tool influences the marks and subsequent drawing, and that in the spirit of kintsugi and wabi-sabi, there are no flaws or wrong decisions – all marks are valid and all drawings are self-healing.  Each drawing is imbued with a time-based memory, and the artist often reports feeling transported to another plane while in the midst of making a growth spell drawing, as if channeling an otherworldly energy flow.


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While at the Winter 2017 Westfjords Art Residency in Þingeyri, Iceland, I created and presented a series of growth spells.


I ran an experimental collaborative version of my growth spell practice at World Wide West 2017, whose themes were Ruin and Take Care. These were the instructions.