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April 8, 2021 40 mins
How do silence, repetition and the invisible impact artistic practice? Julia asks Suiko about her experiences with non-productivity and nothingness as a basis for creative practice, the value and pitfalls of repetition, and they speak about the power of the invisible (with a nod to the anemone).

Suiko McCall is a painter and social sculpture artist, co-founder and Abbess of the Art Monastery. Investigating the relationships among contemplative practice, studio practice, and other kinds of practice (such as swim practice), her work explores breath, repetition, and pattern. Her visual work has been exhibited from San Francisco and New York to Amsterdam and London.
In 2007, she co-founded the Art Monastery Project, an international non-profit arts organization dedicated to applying the collaborative and intentional “social sculpture” of monastic life to art-making and creativity. In July 2013, she published a book, Hosting Transformation: Stories from the Edge of Changemaking, followed by a workbook, In March 2017: Live Your Dream: Start Here. Start Now. My writing and visual art have been featured in publications such as Buffalo Magazine, Readymade, Lucky, Bust, MacWorld, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Gazette, Knitty, as well as repeated television appearances. She is a founding member of the International Partnership for Transformative Learning. In August 2019, after a transcendent experience in a buddhist ceremony, she changed my name from Betsy to Suiko, which means light on water.

Julia Pond is a dance artist and researcher investigating embodied practices and modes of being-in-time as pathways to undermining and usurping capitalist structures. Her work also concerns eco-somatics, informed by experience as a direct lineage Duncan practitioner. Julia has presented her choreography in the UK, US and Italy.

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