How to Make a Light Body:
Get outside. Walk. Hike. Crawl.
If a place strikes your fancy, stop there.
Lay down on the ground here.
While on the ground, look up at the sky
Let your body feel the light coming down
from the sky to the earth.
And from the earth back up
to the sky.
Stay there as long as you like.
Use whatever materials are nearby
(sticks, sand, mud, ice, rocks, grass.)
Creatively trace the outline of your body.
Adaptations: trace a foot or hand or make a tiny body.
Rest in space and send light. Enjoy your presence and leave this as your trace of light.
These 'embodied sculptures' were inspired by my two-month back packing trip in New Zealand. They provided an easy pause during a hike to stop and get my body on the earth and create. I continue them now to help me ground and better connect with whatever places I am in.
Since my trip, I have shared this practice with fellow friends, artists and dancers and they have adapted the practice in various ways. May these meanderings serve to inspire you and your nature creations...