Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What inspires?

Seminary is a trip. It's the craziest, most powerful, hard, inspired and surreal thing I have ever experienced. I am still shocked that I am really doing it. Needless to say, its inspiring some new poetry and new visions of staging my solo work. Here are some doodles of thoughts that I scribbled down in between writing a paper on Zionism in South Africa.

New stuff #1

A Thanksgiving Meditation:

I am Thankful Warrior
A grateful servant of the Creator
I bow to the Universe only
Divine Gratefulness all day
My heart runneth over
I hustle to my calling
I am not worthy
Mercy should be my middle name
Thank. FULL.

New stuff #2

you can take my voice
rip my throat
my neck
each syllable I speak
becomes a lash
my narrative will seep into skin
read my arm energetically
consume on my rage
blood now
bone becomes
skin a
sacred text
I am atom
God molded me
futile hopes of silencing
my story
leaves rustling that's
me whispering

I have been meditating on African Christianity. I am taking a class in school that has me so inspired with my mouth wide open every class. I will post some of our books. You must learn.

I found the above photo on a classmates Facebook page. I am gaining strength just by looking at it. Enjoy!

What inspires you?
Who are you thankful for?
What are you grateful for?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Seminary Tales: New poetry inspired by my Contextual Education

For my internship at retirement home

 You archive library
 Sacred container of memories
 You slay me
 You keeper of the kind
 You shrine of elders
 Glass box of tears
 You teach me
 You hostess of homes
 You life trophy
 You soul sighting
 You Earth alien
 You keep me
 You pillow of peace
 You liberation leader
 You show me
 You grey haired priestess
 You birth birds
 You get me
 You index card filler
 You knowledge knower
 You life sustainer
 You whole me

Tricia Hersey 2013

Artist Statement

I create art for the ones who lost their voice a long time ago. I believe that impromptu spectacles can bring awareness to social justice issues that paralyze our communities. Lady Terror examines the relationship between public space and performance space and also explores ranting as a medium to address social issues and as a tool to empower communities. My art is local and neighborhood specific in its execution but global in its ideas around poverty, injustice and violence.