Calling A Circle: He Karanga Pae by McCahon House Artist in Residence TIFFANY SINGH is about the concept of wellbeing in relation to the process of grief, death and dying. Leading researcher in the field of Positive Psychology, Mihaly Csikszentmihaly emphasizes the importance of creativity in stimulating wellbeing, arguing that flow, the creative moment when a person is completely immersed in an activity that is engaging and challenging for its own sake, is a natural anti-depressant.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays individuals are invited to come to the studio to share a quiet and sacred space and to make a string of bells, flowers and other trinkets with messages to loved ones who are no longer with them. Every Friday these strings will be blessed on site and then taken to a yet to be selected site and strung in a tree where they will slowly amass creating a public shrine for the local community to visit. During this period film maker Robert George will, with the participants permission, document the experience.
At the end of the three months the strings will be collected and blessed in a ceremony at which they will be burnt and the ashes collected. A showing of the documentary will form the basis of a further event and the ashes will be gifted to the McCahon House Trust along with the documentary as a permanent and protected record of the project.
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