PROJECT 1 IFA
Ifa is a Yoruba philosophy of divination, and it also means to draw or pull close.
The starting point for this work is a manifestation of, and a meditation on, the transformative and transcendent power of ritual and devotion.
Black bodies embracing Ifa work with clay/Yoruba ritual of divination
Cultural traditions of women as being responsible for pottery
My name Morounranti means remember; clay has memory
Metaphorical the clay as my body
An exploration into ideas of belonging
Completely inhabit both worlds
A privilege and a blessing to inhabit both worlds
In the spirit of the ‘Huidhonger’
Yoruba philosophy of clay
It is thought in Yoruba that when a woman elevates an object or vessel to rest on her head that she is in total control of it.
Women are referred to as vessels of procreative power.
It is for that reason that the Yoruba deities (Orisha) prefer the bodies of females for possession
Catharsis (n) an experience of emotional release and purification, often inspired by or through art. In psychoanalysis, Catharsis is the release of tension and anxiety that results from bringing repressed feelings and memories into consciousness.
This durational performance acts as both a personal and collective purification ritual, with the artist acting as agent for the audience. Clay stands in as a metaphorical vessel representing the primordial etheric body. Water is the ultimate symbol for purification. At the point of Catharsis, when the artist’s arms tire, the vessel is dropped and breaks, spilling its contents.