I am a Homaker (May 2019)
A commentary by Whitney Reed
In this exhibition called I am a Homaker, Kecya displays crystalized remnants of her artwork that was created over the past four years. In this body of work, the subjects of home-making and inhabiting home served as a medium for all of her investigations.
Babalawo Satya Home was where Kecya first grounded the practice of Artcura. The initial seeds for this project were brought from Brazil in 2014, where Kecya presented a show in her home in Sao Paulo, during the process of moving and emptying everything out of her house. Upon arriving in San Francisco with her husband Ryan, Babalawo Satya Home was created. Over the past four years, 500 people have visited the project, and through this shared experience, explored new ways of building relationships, as well as inhabiting space in a home.
The minute we apply a glimmer of consciousness to a mechanical gesture, or practice phenomenology while polishing a piece of old furniture, we sense new impressions come into being beneath this familiar domestic duty. For consciousness rejuvenates everything, giving a quality of beginning to the most everyday actions.
(The Poetic of Space, Gaston Bachelard)
In the first year, an open house called House as a Mirror occupied multiple rooms and hallways with immersive installations that called the audience to experience and observe the house as an alchemist would in their laboratory.
When I reflect on my stay in Kecya’s guest room-installation from House as a Mirror, the first memory that arises is the way my dreams became more vivid and profound when I slept. The depth of my sleep was like freshwater for the mind. It was as if my mind had just bathed in a clear crystal pool and showered under a waterfall. The room itself emphasizes the formless spaciousness of sky. Light is channeled and refracted by little sculptures made by crystallized salt and glass. Then, depending on where the sun is throughout the day, the light does a delicate dance on the skyscape colors throughout the room. The blue colors provoke warm ease throughout my body. Overall, it was a sensorial immersion that inspired in me an experience of formlessness through artistic form.
In the second year, Embryo Lab was created with the intention of sharing the Artcura practices. Seven women were invited to create a single body of work, in an immersive space. Here Kecya shared an open source of information related to healing spaces and body awareness. An important aspect of this was the element of collaboration. This was highlighted throughout the six months of the guided lab. During this time of art residency, Babalawo Satya hosted several events, including immersive exhibitions, overnight stays and long-term guests in working labs.
In this last exhibition, you are about to enter, we invite you to experience the sacred entity of space. This home is created as a refuge that is dedicated to inner growth and creation. I am a Homaker is the nectar of living art in space. With it, Kecya and Ryan are closing a chapter and evolving to a new phase, Casa de Lumi right across the Golden Gate Bridge, in Mill Valley.
There was "a home inside of a home", now it is being dissolved, separated and evaporated. As every other gesture of nature, everything is transformed by causes and conditions. I am just someone who learned how to set the right condition for nature to make its way, its art, its beauty. (Kecya, The Homaker)
Whitney has collaborated in the past two years with Kecya on creative writing on Artcura's practices. Over the past 20 years, she has been dedicated to the study and practice of mindfulness in various traditions, as well as ancient healing practices of various indigenous lineages. Whitney is currently living in Park City, Utah and sharing teachings of yoga and meditation throughout America.