Hunter’s Moon


Volo Bog, Illinois
With Hamza Walker, Nena Samardzija, Matthew Owens, Sam Wittreich,
Donna Schudel, Doug Stapleton, Barbara Laing, and Sir Laddie.
Photo credit: Deb Becker, Barbara Laing, and Joan Dickinson

Shrouded woman with two babies; cat; kampa, whose outward manifestation is trembling; vagina dentata, glossolalia, gateway; Bright Phase

Crone; wolf; ashru, whose outward manifestation is tears; fever, redeem; Sound Bends; subliminally perceived differences between fonts in a typeface

Fireboy; dog; vaivarnya, whose outward manifestation is change of color; begin, martyrdom, pine; The Land of Moab

Sir Laddie; horse; sveda, whose outward manifestation of perspiration; thicket, horns, apple; Secluded Nomads

Truck couple; bat; nine shades of green;
honey moon, painted beast

Farmer; fox; pralaya, whose outward manifestation is loss of consciousness; banish, clotted; Pinch Me Quickly

Mudgirl; hawk; stambha, whose outward manifestation is insensibility; traveler, strolling entertainer; Cherish Memoir

Pregnant woman; fish; sarva, whose outward manifestation is the inability to speak; increase, bread, corn; Hold Home

Gorilla; bee; romancha, whose outward manifestation is hairs standing on end; virginia, security, preservation; Lucid and True



Volo Bog, Illinois
with Aurelia Ste. George, Nena Samardzija, Margaret Hoffman,
Matthew Owens, and Sam Wittreich.

Flower began with the feast. Twelve low tables, made from found wood, were joined together to form a large “X” in a clearing near a small white cottage. Two unusually beautiful girls helped the audience sit on the ground around the tables, offering them a choice of wine or water. The girls, layered in cotton printed with cornstalks, acorns, wheat, and chrysanthemums, performing as geishas conducted the ebb and flow. Once the audience was seated, the tables overflowed, all one hundred places taken.
The place settings were narrow black papers printed with the words “Dismember” and “Remember” framing a single grain of wheat. A handmade scroll, singed at the edges, containing journal excerpts, a table of witch burnings from the 1400s, and engravings of herbs bisected each setting diagonally. The rest of the tables were covered with plates of apples, hundreds of burning candles, oak, pine, and sage branches. What started as an annoying but manageable sprinkle at the beginning of the performance became, during the feast’s prayer, an undeniably heavy rainstorm. At first, the audience stayed put, watching the rain fall onto the candles, snuffing them out slowly, then with increasing success. Some people headed for the trees, huddling in bands of four and five, hands working bodies like windshield wipers. Many in the audience created hats out of the scrolls, assuming the air of a secret hat-wearing cult, looking for direction. After several minutes of mild chaos, the barn was opened and everyone ran for it.

The Architecture of Honey


Volo Bog, Illinois
with Pam Holt, Lorraine Moretti, Matthew Owens, Samuel Wittreich,
Paula Biasi, Penna Brooke, Brenda Duran, Gail Haus, Jeni Lorenz,
Carla Mayer, Cara Chang Mutert, Rayshan Rascoe, and Nena Samardzija.
Hand-colored photograph of C.L. Forrester: Barbara Laing

In the late 19th century, a large silver vessel was unearthed in a small, pot-shaped peat bog, located on the northern end of Borre Fen near Gundestrup, Jutland, Denmark. The vessel became known as the Gundestrup Cauldron and is considered the finest example of a Celtic ritual vessel in existence. The meaning of the picture-world depicted on the plates that form the bowl can only be imagined. Its use is sacrificial, and even when it was disassembled and carefully buried in the bog some 2,000 years ago, few outside an initiated priesthood would have understood its language. The pictures tell of a world where goddesses and gods, cult processionals, and scenes of bloodletting must have served as welcome relief to the harsh, workaday life of Iron Age Denmark. In 1891, the year the cauldron was found, that hard life was remarkably unchanged. In August of that year, Anna Thomine, a farmer’s daughter raised on the cauldron’s land, moved to Illinois.



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