Water Cycles: The Story of the Vagrant Great Black Hawk

Posted on: May 7, 2020
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Excerpts of documentation of live performance piece, for two performers, 2-channel sound piece, 20 minutes, Portland, ME, 2019 "Wayfaring Stranger" - Traditional, performed by Jacqui Haggerty Otano and Rachel Anne York "Story of the Vagrant Great Black Hawk" - written by Rachel Anne York performed by Bethany Chafin and Susan Chappell "The Parting Glass" - Traditional, performed by Rachel Anne York Host - Golaleh Yazdani

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Rachel Anne York

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MFA Alumni

Major: Printmaking

Graduation Year: 2020

Artist Statement:

My work and practice center around perspective, awareness, place, community, and the climate crisis. I believe that humans are unable to adapt and react to these changing circumstances because we are stuck in unacknowledged grief and anxiety over the massive losses we are experiencing. Seeking to activate multiple levels of awareness, I use story, sound, music, architecture, archives, performance, and drawing to facilitate immersive, ephemeral, shared experiences. I am investigating human concepts of the non-human world, specifically through modes of storytelling and communal acts, and how the decline of such acts impact our concepts of nature. I believe the transference of oral tradition deriving from generations of collective memory is both disrupted and enabled by technological advances, and that there are both opportunity and loss in that tension.