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I was asked to participate in a painting competition being organized by Paul Butler as his first project as Artist in Residence at the AGO in Toronto. Although I do not identify myself as a painter, I liked the idea that the competition would be in front of a live audience for Nuit Blanche. In effect, the live competition would be forcing the painters to become performers and for me the opposite would be true – a performance artist turned painter. With this in mind, I created a character so that I could focus on the performance aspect of the competition with more intensity.

The Painting Shaman - energy focusing mandala in process - duration 3.5 hours

The Painting Shaman implores a non-traditional hybrid of ecstatic techniques of shamanic journeying and other aspects of contemporary psychological, religious and spirituality. Rather than attempting to continue a pre-existing tradition, the Painting Shaman focuses on utilizing the ancient techniques of the shaman in ways appropriate to a modern audience. During the Other Painting Competition the Shaman will be focusing on painters of the past and contacting them directly through the spiritus mundi, calling on them to paint through her.


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The funny thing is I went to the official launch of this issue when I was in Venice it was behind the Canadian Pavilion among the trees in the Giardini durring the opening of the Venice Biennial. I had just done some performances earlier that day so I was a little tired and just enjoying the prosecco and good conversation……. when my friend Paul Butler comes up to me and says “hey Zarah check this out” and he opened to a picture of me. Sweet! I didn’t even know I was included in this issue until I saw it for the first time ! The article titled Reversing Pedagogies with a little Social Schooling written By Tatiana Mellema is available to read on Paul’s site.