matrixial theory (2)

daily practice with matrixial theory

Hi Kalu

Thanks for the reminder about this 40 day practice of listening to Ettinger. We actually reached the end of her videos and ended up at 12 days. This interrupted our practice and we will look at returning to it most likely in studying her writing which we did for a few years a few years back. It is time to return to her writing and art and I am happy to share that her art and writing has been making its way into North American. She recently had a solo art exhibition in New York City. Here is the full citation to the article we wrote linking our art with her theory and a link to it for any that are interested to read it. The article has a view of empathy and compassion that is not fear-based and is matrixial.

Fisher, R. M. and Bickel, B. (2015). Aesthetic wit(h)nessing within a matrixial imaginary. Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues, 42(1), 76-93.

Aesthetic Withnessing Fisher_BIckel.pdf

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Becoming an Artist: Fearlessness Path

There are many ways to walk the path of Fearlessness, and one way, more or less, is that of art, artworking, arting, and becoming an artist in your own way. Four Arrows', from an Indgenous worldivew perspective wrote, one of the best ways to stay in touch with Nature, especially when you don't always have a lot of access to natural areas, is to "Become an artist. It is taken for granted among primal peoples that creativity is everyone's birthright. Art should not be the prize of the wealthy or the exclusive domain of a few 'gifted' individuals" (Jacobs, 1998, p. 240).

I have mentioned on the FM ning a few times, Bracha L. Ettinger, my favorite artist/theorist these days, and with Barbara, we are always learning from her work which I think is going to some day be seen with the equivalent impact Sigmund Freud had on the world. Matrixial theory, is Ettinger's main contribution, and there is an excellent new interview from Dec. 16, 2016 in the New York Times (if you can believe it)... wow, this is great to have reach the shores of North America, as she is best known in Europe so far. The title of the interview is "Art in a Time of Atrocity: Ettinger and Evans".

I see Ettinger's deep analysis essential to guiding a sanity path of Fearlessness through a world more and more dominated by Fear.


Jacobs, D. T. (1998). Primal awareness: A true story of survival, transformation, and awakening with the Raramuri shamans of Mexico. Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions.

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