The creative pulse at Esalen is something artists have tapped into for decades. Many great creative works have emerged from time spent at Esalen. If you listen carefully, you can hear the echoes of the artists themselves.
This past year, Esalen welcomed artists back to the land through our Artist in Residence program. The artists live amongst the community, create in the Art Barn or out in nature, then step back into the world with a restored mind, heart, and spirit and usually a brand new body of work.
We are excited to introduce and welcome our next round of artists. Keep reading to get to know Jazsalyn, Coral, and mirrored fatality, and if you're coming to campus and see them, please say hello.
Jazsalyn's work begins where fiction and reality collide. As an anti-disciplinary artist, she combines new media with community organizing practices to reimagine Black futures.
As the Creative Director of black beyond, a radical space for artists and activists to define alternate realities for Blackness. Jazsalyn collaborates with Black and non-Black co-liberators to decolonize and re-indigenize creative practice. Through black beyond, she co-creates and curates a series of extended reality experiences, programs, artist talks, workshops, performances, and a monthly segment titled alternate realities on Dublab Radio.
Her work has been featured in CULTURED Magazine, Vogue, The New Yorker, and Huffington Post. Exhibitions and panels such as TEDx Durham and Textiles as a Second Skin at MoogFest.
She is also a contributing artist in the online virtual experience black beyond _origins and its upcoming in person exhibition hosted by Parsons School of Design for Spring 2022.
"The Esalen residency will allow time and space to re-center and explore the more personal side of my practice and how it relates to community work. During my time in Big Sur, I plan to honor and co-create with the soundscapes of the land, revisiting ongoing work to subvert and reimagine reality through immersive and sonic sculpture."
Coral is a San Francisco Bay Area-based dancer and dance educator with cultural anthropology and visual art background. Her practice as both a performer and an educator is rooted in disrupting traditional hierarchies in classical ballet and elevating voices and identities that have been historically suppressed and obscured.
Coral has performed with Oakland Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, City Ballet of Boston, Capacitor, and Amy Seiwert's Imagery, among others. And she has taught for Boston Ballet School, ODC School, Shawl Anderson Dance Center, and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, among others.
"The AIR residency will allow me to reassess and cultivate anew the way I dance, share dance, teach dance, and think about dance. In the past year, I shifted even more of my energies and time into teaching dance, and I take the responsibility of guiding others in their relationship with dance very seriously. Not only will the AIR residency have a powerfully positive influence on me as an artist, it will also, by extension, the time and space to consider my pedagogical approach as it also affects my students, so the effects ripple. I don't want this to be a pause, but a revolution."
mirrored fatality is Kapampangan Pilipinx and Pakistani-Muslim queer + nonbinary performance art duo Mango and Samar, sharing their rituals, altars, and medicine through DIT (Do It Together) experimental and healing noise punk. mirrored fatality creates their self-proclaimed “cocoon webs'' combining performance art, music, spoken word, film, photography, painting, drawing, upcycled garments, anti-imperialist education, healing justice practice spaces; mobilizing and bridging a warrior community who responds urgently to transnational calls-to-action.
"At Esalen, we will expand our music production and performance art practice, curate and release our Fall 2021 line of our mutual aid upcycled warrior ware, handmade cassettes and CDs, and begin directing our debut film COCOON WEBS, a tetraptych of visual arts for our EP."
Stay tuned. There's more to come from Jazsalyn, Coral, and mirrored fatality through our social channels in the coming months.
“Remembering to be as self compassionate as I can and praying to the divine that we're all a part of.”
“Prayer, reading, meditation, walking.”
“Erratically — which is an ongoing stream of practice to find peace.”
“Try on a daily basis to be kind to myself and to realize that making mistakes is a part of the human condition. Learning from our mistakes is a journey. But it starts with compassion and caring. First for oneself.”
“Physically: aerobic exercise, volleyball, ice hockey, cycling, sailing. Emotionally: unfortunately I have to work to ‘not care’ about people or situations which may end painfully. Along the lines of ‘attachment is the source of suffering’, so best to avoid it or limit its scope. Sad though because it could also be the source of great joy. Is it worth the risk?“
“It's time for my heart to be nurtured on one level yet contained on another. To go easy on me and to allow my feelings to be validated, not judged harshly. On the other hand, to let the heart rule with equanimity and not lead the mind and body around like a master.”
“I spend time thinking of everything I am grateful for, and I try to develop my ability to express compassion for myself and others without reservation. I take time to do the things I need to do to keep myself healthy and happy. This includes taking experiential workshops, fostering relationships, and participating within groups which have a similar interest to become a more compassionate and fulfilled being.“
“Self-forgiveness for my own judgments. And oh yeah, coming to Esalen.”
“Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess I take care of my heart through fostering relationships with people I feel connected to. Spending quality time with them (whether we're on the phone, through messages/letters, on Zoom, or in-person). Being there for them, listening to them, sharing what's going on with me, my struggles and my successes... like we do in the Esalen weekly Friends of Esalen Zoom sessions!”
“I remind myself in many ways of the fact that " Love is all there is!" LOVE is the prize and this one precious life is the stage we get to learn our lessons. I get out into nature, hike, camp, river kayak, fly fish, garden, I create, I dance (not enough!), and I remain grateful for each day, each breath, each moment. Being in the moment, awake, and remembering the gift of life and my feeling of gratitude for all of creation.”
“My physical heart by limiting stress and eating a heart-healthy diet. My emotional heart by staying in love with the world and by knowing that all disappointment and loss will pass.“
Today, September 29, is World Heart Day. Strike up a conversation with your own heart and as you feel comfortable, encourage others to do the same. As part of our own transformations and self-care, we sometimes ask for others to illuminate and enliven our hearts or speak our love language.
What if we could do this for ourselves too, even if just for today… or to start a heart practice, forever?