Cazimi, Fall 2022 We are Cazimi,a creative collaborative of three local artists: Emily O’Hara, Molly Foley, and Morgan von Prelle Pecelli, long-time residents and active members of the Andover community. We have planned two pieces in creative response to the chant O Virtus Sapientiae (Oh Strength of Wisdom) by 12th century composer Hildegard von Bingen. We enjoy creating interactive experiences and tend to think big, finding spirit and joy in the creative process. The first piece, a large-scale temporary public art installation has been completed by the labyrinth. We invite you to explore and share your response to your experience. The second piece will be a sound weaving of the chant as sung by South Church Musician in Residence, Jessica McCormack.
WHY? For us, the creative process is a spiritual experience. It allows us to key into something vaster and more mysterious than we can fathom, and then serve as channels for its expression through the art that we produce. In the process we find healing, wonder, and unexpected new perspectives on life. By sharing our process and the resulting artworks with the community of South Church, we hope to create moments of contemplation, catalyze conversations, and enhance the spiritual connectedness community members feel for each other.
HOW? Over labor day weekend, with fiber, metal, and up-cycled materials, we will create three elements that invite contemplative movement in and around the stone labyrinth in the northeastern part of the church yard. We will also include reflective prompts based on the chant, O Virtus Sapientiae, that we hope support the exploration of the interconnection between our embodied selves, inner and outer worlds, and the concept of “as above, so below”.
Additionally, throughout the fall in the sanctuary, using yarn and up-cycled fabric strips, we will create a sound weaving of the sound pattern of O Virtus Sapientiae as chanted by Musician in Residence, Jessica McCormack.