Marina White Raven is a socially engaged artist with extensive experience working alongside those who are socially disadvantaged, imprisoned and/or suffering with mental health issues by facilitating arts and health projects. Her work is a process based inquiry; integrating art and mysticism in performance, installation, ritual and song and addresses polarity, sexuality, spirituality and nature; exploring how these inter-twine with individual and universal identity and reflect the light and shadow of human experience. Marina's core enquiries: How can art create frames for exploring the unspeakable aspects of Depression & Death? How do we create inclusive spaces for co-creative experiences that engage with mental health and wellbeing in a brutalised, medicalised world? How can we heal and become more fully alive?
MWR inhabits a cosmic menagerie of personas and sacred animals, challenging the artist ego identity and inviting the public to engage in personal, intimate, held space. Her desire to elevate and merge with the spectator is a political act, exposing traditional theatrical pretensions of audience passivity and social separation (sitting quietly and invisibly in the dark).
'The first social sculpture is yourself, the goal is to re-create yourself as whole human being'