"Drawing on my experiences of years spent as a practitioner of land-based rituals, this work is my co-creation with environments in Iceland, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica, and rural parts of the United States. My performance "creatures" are emissaries or conduits that showcase a more-than-human relationship with the world and model the self as a set of relations--earth-based, cosmic, transpecies, techno-cultural, and fluid. My process tends to involve camouflaging my body; merging with or dissolving into a place or space--perhaps becoming more like an animal or plant, as a way of intercepting lost power and destabilizing static notions of the “female” body and of the natural realm. The drawings/paintings reveal aspects of nonvisible, incorporeal realms and also serve as oracular blueprints for performances.
The performative objects I create often involve antiquated things that were used in former eras, especially by women: objects that revolt against former utilitarian and decorative expectations and take on new hybrid roles in the context of the work. In performances I am investigating the potential of ceremonial action to activate an environment by tapping into a specific moment in time and marking it with conscious intentions, emotions, and actions. I am invested in the “bodying forth” of underlying emotions and energies and using body language, vocal sounds and costuming as ways of reviving a capacity for beauty within a disfigured landscape and nonhuman natural world." Shana Robbins