Ruth Burke, Kade Conklin, Chelsea Bornheim and myself are excited and proud that our exhibit "Of Body" has made it into the "Best Exhibits of 2014" list put out by Columbus Alive! "Of Body" was held at Second Sight Studio in the Spring of 2014 and was the culmination of four best friends putting on a show in a space with no limitations.
We are ecstatic to be featured in this "Best Exhibits of 2014" and are thankful for the recognition. View the full article by Jesse Tigges and the rest of the top exhibits and artists here on Columbus Alive's website...
Very grateful for this and feeling like it's going to propel us into an even more exciting 2015! Check out Ruth Burke's website here...
Before I left Michigan for the holidays, we had our first sweat! It was an all evening event starting with Bob building a fire and heating the rocks for 1-2 hours. They were then placed into the hole inside the lodge and water was poured on them to create steam. We filled a bucket with water and used an old ladle from the cottage. After doing some research, we found diagrams on the stone placement, one of which I've included below. The rocks are first placed in the pit, the first one being the center stone, the second placed at the East which represents the Eagle, Spring and the color Yellow. The rocks are placed clockwise, each representing a season, an animal and a skin color (yellow, black, white and red.) It was 20 degrees outside, but after we placed all of the rocks inside the lodge and started to pour water on them, the inside became hot like a sauna. Traditionally, the Native Americans did four rounds of the ceremony, the first for the female aspect of life, the second for the male aspect, the third for healing, and the fourth round is for ourselves. It was very calming and it cleared up my sinuses really well. Next time we'll have more straw inside for insulation, and more rocks, many of ours split in the fire.
Still getting away with the water on for another week or so. Propane ran out though so we're down to cold water. Sponge baths have ensued! We're going though wood a little faster than expected, but we got our firewood permit and can collect 5 cords on the $20 permit. So we're going out tomorrow to get the first load and we're cutting down our own Christmas tree.
Our 55 gallon drums of water froze in the garage on the concrete floor, so we brought them inside the front porch/breezeway area. We're also planning on getting tongs of gallon jugs and 5 gallon jugs and storing them upstairs. Those will be easier to access anyway. We've insulated the windows and cleaned out the outhouse. We have an extra fridge in the garage now as well as our chest freezer that we've been filling up with soups and fish fillets. Our oven broke, but we have a toaster oven now its nice not being able to bake or make pizzas. Trying to eat healthy (except for our bacon binge after going to the local meat shop-we even got chocolate covered bacon and bacon brats....hubba, hubba.)
Saw the most amazing sunset the other night! Will be painting it sometime in oils, probably after Christmas. Heading home in about 10 days for early Christmas with my family. The river is iced over now and everything is covered in snow, its so pretty here in the winter!
Jessica R. Willis
Artist of many mediums inspired by nature and philanthropy