Browse the co-creators of the Convergence @ Arcosanti! Speakers Artists Healers Artists: Natasha Dawning I am a multimedia artist, herbalist and magician seeking to create works that are healing to the physical, mental and emotional bodies. My art and workshop focuses on a method I developed to transcribe magic squares into their geometric expressions by converting the squares into circles. The modern mind views magic squares as a form of recreational mathematics, however they have been revered by Humanity for over 4000 years as sacred talismans, yantras and alchemical tools for the expansion of our consciousness. This new method produces incredibly delicate mandalas that illustrate the elegant forms of mathematic functions while simultaneously bridging modern to ancient thought. Sharon Stelluto Sharon Stelluto is an artist based in Arizona, originally from the east coast. Her artwork is inspired by one’s healing path and reverence for nature in all of its many forms. She lived in New York for many years and helped to manage CoSM, an art retreat center in the Hudson Valley of New York, directed by visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey. There she studied under the guidance of many international artists including Alex and Allyson themselves. Sharon has live painted and exhibited her work nationally, including New York City and other locations around the U.S. She is the partner in a local Phoenix based organization and podcast as well, called RISE Phoenix/Inner Monologue Podcast, based on mental health and mindfulness. With over 100 episodes recorded, she creates custom artworks for each episode based on the conversation and guest. She has a true passion for art and wellness, and has a healing practice in Arizona called Entelechy Visions. HÄANA LA-based producer/violinist/vocalist HÄANA’s original productions are like a filmscore: Nordic and Icelandic-tinged music merged with digital and analog. She counts Massive Attack, Björk, and Trentemøller as influences in crafting her sounds, featuring electronica influences and synthetic sonority. The resulting sonic palate takes listeners on a journey whose destination is a crossroads between classical and contemporary, organic & man-made, familiar and mysterious. “Sonic stardust.” (Vogue) “Rather breathtaking.” (Clash, UK) “Luminous frequencies & violin instrumentation tied with foreign Icelandic lyrical messages are found in her voice…” (Afro Monk) “Majestic” (Nothing But Hope & Passion) Francisco Diaz Francisco is an artist and designer from New Mexico who loves to work with found material. His work focuses on identity, love, relationship, materialism and Mexican culture. He hopes to continue to evolve, travel and learn new things everyday. Dewey Nelson My current works have become more abstract in an effort to avoid reliance on stereotypical “indian” imagery that many people require to be easily accessible or actually demand of a native artist. Another reason for this departure is to maintain reverence for traditional art forms such as tihu (carved Katsinam) which are not supposed to be commercialized or exploited. In most indigenous communities which have managed to retain strong connections to traditions, creativity is not called art but instead is considered a physical spiritual practice and meditation. Paying attention to this concept while creating “art” objects allows me to practice a timeless tradition while producing contemporary work. There will always be native symbology in my work because I am Hopi. I feel there are ways to abstract traditional symbology in un-offensive ways. This allows the undercurrent or “roots” of an individual’s indigeneity to maintain a presence in the work. My most recent paintings have all started with the intention of abstraction, but evolved into landscapes as the painting progressed. Once again themes of clouds, lightning, and rain are present. The colors are reminiscent of the colors found on the faces of Katsinam. Having included these various references to traditional colors and symbols, I am carrying on with the tradition of thinking positive thoughts of moisture and longevity into these art works. Joanna Keane Lopez Joanna Keane Lopez is an artist who works with large-scale installations and public art. She works and lives between Albuquerque, NM and Joshua Tree, CA. She graduated with a BFA in Studio Art with the honors of summa cum laude from The University of New Mexico. Joanna is a grant recipient of the Fulcrum Fund of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is an alumni of Land Arts of the American West program. Emily Meister Wonder House Emily Meister is a Los Angeles based multi-media dance theatre artist, creator, choreographer, performer, director and producer. She graduated from Connecticut College with a BA in Dance Theatre, Performance and Choreography. She has had the pleasure of working with Jeremy Nelson Dance, Meredith Monk, The Useless Room, Annie Saunders/Wilderness, HomeLA, Roya Carreras, Riactor, Robin Bisio, Nugent Dance, Catherine Bennett, Santa Barbara Summer Dance, and Motion Theater Dance Company. She has created and presented numerous solo, group and cinematic pieces of her own choreography, performance art and site-specific works. Emily is the founder and Artistic Director of Wonder House, an experiential artist and production collective. She is the Associate Director of The Artists’ Lab at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Hollywood, CA which supports students in the development of their own creative voices and work as writers, directors, choreographers, filmmakers and producers. She is a life adventurer, a storyteller and a dreamer. Her passion lies in creating worlds, connecting and collaborating with other artists, making site-responsive work and movement film stories. She draws inspiration from environmental landscapes, human and animal behavior, the hauntingly dark and the eerily beautiful. It is in her nature to explore and collect. Her movement aesthetic originates from a sensory-based exploratory process, and listening/reacting to an environment and others. Her process investigates thematic concepts and relationships, while leaving room for interpretation when it comes to the perceived story. She is grounded in a place of wonder and discovery, and is in a constant state of exploration of various ways of being, both mentally and physically. Jamie Cordelier Jamie Cordelier is a sculpture artist from Agat, Guam. She resides in Tempe Arizona with her husband. She has been intrigued and influenced by the interaction between cultures and mythology. Jamie focuses on inspiring creativity through cultured individuality. She encourages individuals to embrace their own culture while appreciating others. Jamie has received her Bachelors in Fine Art from Arizona State University with a focus in sculpture. She has attended the summer artist residencies at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland and Roger’s Lake Artist Residency in Flagstaff, Arizona. Jamie has gained experience in the art field by assisting many artists in the Phoenix Area. She has also worked with artistic fabrication shops such as Burgeon Group, Walter Project, and Maker Twins. After receiving her BFA, Jamie created Studio 7 Art Collective in Scottsdale Arizona, which she managed from 2014-2017. During her time at Studio 7, Jamie co-founded and managed Fab Females; a female based multi- media fabrication shop created in 2014. Jamie Cordelier continues to make her art in Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona. She plans on finding new artist opportunities and creating art to further develop her career as an independent conceptual artist. Gema Galiana The Useless Room Gema Galiana is a performer, a theatre director and a photographer. Originally from Spain, she has worked internationally. Currently based in LA where recently she directed The Last One and founded Galiana and Nikolchev The Useless Room. She works in collaboration with Wilderness, Wonder House, Noodle Rice and Friends and most recently with Four Larks. She holds BA in theatre and specializes in physical theatre, training with Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Isabel Ubeda (Odin Theatre), Gabriel Gawin (Song of the Goat), Raúl Iaiza (Regulam contra Regulam), Olivero Pavi/Kate Perry/Unai Lopez/Hannah Whelan (Obra Theatre Company, Au Brana), Vivien Wood (DV8) and Milan Kozanek. She is one of the eight founding members of Studio Matejka at The Grotowski Institute, exploring working across borders: Borders between performance genres, between training techniques, and between individual expression and collective resonance. She created The Woman Decomposed as part of the Festival Body Constitution. Gema took part in the creation and performed in EXILE commissioned by Dance City and directed by Vivien Wood. She is performer and co- creator of All The Things… in collaboration with TDU. Gema took part at the 2016 Theatre Venice Biennale participating in workshops with Jan Klata and Baro D’evel Cirk. Galiana has trained eight years in Karate Do Goju -Ryu and she was a regular champion in competitions. She is a movement consultant and a choreographer for film and theater. She is an animal lover, a tireless traveler, and a little bit of a chinchilla. Joshua Noah Dopp Joshua Noah Dopp has been working with hot glass for over twenty eight years. As an artist his work takes many forms. Not content to have a signature style, Joshua is constantly experimenting and allowing the topic and force of the moment to inspire and inform his work. Trends apparent in his oeuvre include modernistic abstract bio-morphic forms to highly researched and studied architectural tomes on sacred relationships. The search for balance and harmony and the revealing of beauty by combining divergent and seemingly opposable themes largely guide his work. Although he currently lives in Arizona he is a traveler at heart and has lived all over the US and in Europe. His work has been collected by notable patrons and can be seen in museums. Joshua received his MFA in Glass and Sculpture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001, and a BA in Art History from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1993. Joshua is currently a master level art teacher at the Mesa Arts Center. He has exhibited extensively from Santa Barbara, California to Zurich, Switzerland. Michael Garfield Michael’s live art – painted everywhere from NASA’s AMES Research Center to Burning Man, the Costa Rican rainforest to the Australian outback – is the evolution of his training as a scientific illustrator: a field guide to the strange inhabitants of hyperspace invoked by the ecstatic atmospheres of festivals and other gatherings. Each work emerges as an exercise in mindfulness and concentrated listening will, as a response to the unique tone of a place and time – casting shadows of a moment’s shifting energies to capture vivid scenes of unabashed intensity, verdant and exultant imagery erupting from a fractal growth of calligraphic paint pen strokes and written in the archetypal tongue of dreams.