TRACE a performance by Theresa Byrnes
Exploring our spiritual relationship with
Crude oil is the blood of the
planet, created by the compression and heating of ancient organic materials
over geological time. Oil is formed from the preserved remains of prehistoric
zooplankton and algae, which have settled to the sea (or lake) bottom in large
quantities under anoxic conditions.
TRACE contemplates our relationship with
Crude oil; liberated by and victims of its exploitation – the substance
of time immemorial, we are caught in the middle. We struggle to define our role
in this archetypal ménage that could lead us toward annihilation.
The earth is our body, a holy ground of
all matter recycling itself. The spiritual lesson inherent in our dependency
on; destruction of the environment for; and geo political warfare to gain
control of crude oil may be to respect and connect our lives to our ancestry
going back to the beginning of life on earth.