These artworks serve as a process of mapping cosmic spaces of spiritual power for comfort and healing during the Covid19 Pandemic crisis and racist/homophobic/misogynist trauma of 2020-2021. Abstract drawings are created in ink on postcard stock. The lines, shapes, and elemental structures “map” a space of spiritual power.
I consider the acts of creating and mailing each drawing as a performance. Specific parameters of process acted as a performance score to dictate how each work was created. I begin with meditation, and think of myself as a conduit channeling an imagined space of peace. Each is drawn intuitively without a predetermined plan. All marks are considered correct and every drawing is finished without editing any element. Every drawing must be completed and none were eliminated from the body of work. The drawing action was a performance of truth with each resulting artwork a recording of that performance.
Each artwork is an imagined space for the recipient to enter, in hopes that recipients can find healing there. The original drawings are mailed to people as a form of comfort and a message of support and love. As a community engaged concept, they create a connection of shared post-humanistic kinship. Each drawing is titled for its spiritual space and also for the name of the recipient who receives this cosmic map as their own. We are connected through the action of creation, transportation, & cosmic healing when received.
Mapping cosmic spaces of spiritual power
for comfort and healing during the Covid19 Pandemic crisis.
Each artwork is an imagined space for the recipient to enter. These drawings are done in ink on postcard stock and mailed to people as a form of comfort and a message of support and love. As a community engaged concept, they create a connection of shared post-humanistic kinship.
Roughly translating as “hospitality” Xenia is derived from the greek word ξένος “xenos” which means stranger. Xenia is a value and philosophy of providing comfort to others in your community and especially to strangers. It is the idea of knowing that our community is a place of welcome for all. I embody this value by sending these drawings as a source of comfort for others.
*A special thank you to my family: Zoe Xanos, Brie Buczek, Frankie Buczek, and Athena Xanos who play word games with me to develop the titles for the artworks.