Corpus Luteum: Attending the Seeding Body
10 am - 1 pm Saturday, January 21
1851 S. Westmoreland Ave.
Six spots available, RSVP here: https://forms.gle/4VF9STz1XmF4KZmn6
$25, no one turned away for lack of funds
Corpus Luteum: Attending the Seeding Body is a life drawing/sculpting workshop, an exploration of the aesthetic details and forms expressed by seed pods. By attuning to our plant relatives through careful observation exercises, we hope to expand the ways we perceive and experience our own human bodies.
During this process-oriented workshop, we'll study a collection of seed pods foraged locally by artist and co-facilitator Rosie Brand. Through drawing and sculpting in clay, we’ll engage in multi-sensory observation to explore the tactility of these more-than-human architectures. In the second half of our session, we’ll build our own sculptural clay pods embedded with wildflower seeds to gift back to the land.
The name corpus luteum (yellow body) refers to the erupted ovarian sac that remains after the release of an egg during ovulation. Fundamentally transformed by its opening, the corpus luteum is a key actor in the continuation of the fertility cycle toward menses or pregnancy, becoming the primary hormone center for the duration of the luteal phase. In Corpus Luteum: Attending the Seeding Body, we’ll look to our plant relatives here in Tovaangar (the LA basin) to meditate further on the form and function of yellow bodies across species. How do seed pods support new life, and what do we learn from these temporary vessels after their seeds are cast?
This workshop is a program of an ongoing performance and installation begun by artist Serena Caffrey entitled The Wrecking of Something, which explores themes of dissolution, transformation, and reclamation through clay, performance, and community dialogue.
The workshop will be taking place within the installation on a low-to-the-floor table, but accommodations can be made for participants who would rather sit in a chair. The building is wheelchair accessible. RSVP here (https://forms.gle/4VF9STz1XmF4KZmn6) and, for additional access questions and accommodations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy, and bring along your preferred drawing materials/sketchbooks if you like. A selection of drawing materials and clay will be provided.
Rosie Brand (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist and naturalist living on Tongva Land. Her field studies in urban ecology inform her interdisciplinary practice. She intertwines ceramics, drawing and speculative fiction in sculptural worlds, spiraling toward the magical. Brand takes refuge in this work, a personal therapeutic process which transforms her grief through play. As a facilitator, her workshops propose plant-human collaborations, in order to better understand ourselves as in symbiotic relationship with the living world.
Serena Caffrey (they/she) is a visual and performance artist, arts worker, writer, educator, and consultant currently based in Los Angeles (Tovaangar). Their artistic practice aims to cultivate personal and community divestment from capitalistic logics of linear time-space, body coloniality, and extractive attitudes toward land through a radical assessment of personal limits within a performative context.