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of mulberry blood and foam

Mendes, Raquel (2024) of mulberry blood and foam. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Mendes, Raquel

I am enacting a ritual of connection between humanity and the sacred entity of nature by engaging in a cyclical process of soiling and cleansing. This ceremonial performance alludes to the conception of life and death as a continuum by referencing menstruation and its symbolic meanings. The setting of this performance is an installation composed as a ritual space presenting the mulberry plant which inspired the work in the form of planted seedlings, mulberry ink, firewood, ash, homemade soap, and poetry. The laundering apparatus and background choral music binds the ritual to autoethnographic research pertaining to my native country of Brazil and the history of patriarchal oppression in my family. I have grounded my research in personal and familial experiences, non-denominational spirituality, and situated feminist theories.

Date: April 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: mulberry, menstruation, cycle, life and death, nature, connection, spirituality, feminism, patriarchal oppression, autoethnography, Brazil, Brazilian culture, lavadeira, laundry, washing, soap, women's work, blood, water, plants, installation, performance, ritual, ceremony, multi-generational, children, ancestors, choral music, poetry
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 03 May 2024 20:14
Last Modified: 03 May 2024 20:14
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4356

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