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Maggie Hayes - "Unconditional love will break down the hierarchy of oppression"

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Maggie Hayes - "Unconditional love will break down the hierarchy of oppression"


Unconditional love will break down the hierarchy of oppression – Project Statement

This residency will center around the benefits and necessity of moving towards a global community that must be founded on the basis of non-judgment and unconditional love, allowing us to move into horizontal relationship with one another and eliminating the need for the current vertical hierarchy that can only continue to exist through systematic discrimination, injustice, and exploitation. My research has focused on the teachings of Anneke Lucas, creator of the Unconditional Model and Liberation Prison Yoga, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Thich Nhat Hanh, Carolyn Myss, and Anodea Judith, among many others, along with my own experiential understandings from breathwork and spiritual practice. I will be creating a mixed media installation to make the ON::VIEW Residency windows into an altar for everyone to be aided in realizing and recovering the loving nature within themselves. I will also be undergoing a personal transformation towards more deeply embodying my own loving nature as well, through the process of a 7 day silent meditation and fast, taking place as a performance inside of the ON::VIEW Residency space. This will be the first time I have undertaken something quite like this, and I welcome the unknown and unpredictable aspects of personal transformation and interpersonal interactions that may occur while holding this space. The idea is that I will be emptying myself of attachments and illusions in order to continue to cultivate and more skillfully use the healing force of unconditional love in the world, to more effectively implement that force for social and political change.

Guests are encouraged to visit the space throughout, including during the meditation period, in which they are welcome and invited to interact with the installation and though I will be in meditation and not able to speak, we may sit with each other and experience the mutual warmth, comfort and support of simply being amongst one another in fellowship.

To receive ourselves as worthy of love, despite whatever flaws we may perceive ourselves to have, despite whatever trauma and abuse we have experienced, despite whatever mistakes or misguided actions we have taken, is truly transformative. When we can extend this generosity of spirit to ourselves, we are then able to share that generosity with the rest of mankind and all life forms. I want to thread together this potential change of heart and dramatic shift of values with the history of marching for freedom and the taking the healing power of music down to the essence of its most fundamental vibrations, the heart beat and the breath.

Artist Bio

As an artist, I strive to create a dialogue through my work that can help loosen the grip of our conditioning and allow more spaciousness for us to connect to a deeper part of ourselves. I do this work through painting, mixed media, sculpture and performance art. My work is largely informed by deep exploration of the body-mind-soul union, through formerly being a competitive swimmer and athlete and having a yoga practice that has spanned 17 years, including leading yoga classes for 8 years of that time. I have had paint on my hands since before I can remember, and perhaps I could consider the language of visual artistic expression as my first language. Though born in Atlanta, I very much grew up in Savannah, Georgia and I feel deep roots and connection to the people here.

Important Dates:

Open Studio Hours: may vary

Community Potluck: Saturday, June 15th from 5 - 7PM

Silent Meditation: June 24th - 30th  - Public is welcome from 10AM – 6PM

Photos welcome, visitation welcome, there will be printed information expressing the mission and process of the performance on site, as well as books and art to browse.

First Friday Viewing & Reception: July 5th from 6 – 9PM

Artist Talk: Saturday, July 6th at 2PM