Charlotte Ray Janowski


I am a fibers sculptor and performance artist. I create primal masks based on archetypes, myths, and folklore. The sculptures represent states of consciousness. I photograph, film, and create performances with dancers of all modalities. I explore the use of the masks as tools for processing the shadow through physical movement. The masks allow dancers the anonymity to explore rejected parts of the self; a tabula rasa in service of newly created self narratives. I use these physical works of art as beacons. The sculpture-skin facilitates the experience of ego death and shapeshifting by causing the performer to forget the flesh. This ritual object makes space for the self essence to emerge. Currently my work is focusing on different autobiographical selves, neuroplasticity, somato-emotional release, butoh, spiritual kintsugi, and deity worship.

My works are clairvoyant explorations, a type of seeing without eyes, perceiving instead with the whole body as conduit. The costumes and masks are spirit-suits. I use symbolic language of form, color, and texture to articulate how I perceive textured emotional experiences and visual psychic language as part of my synesthesia. Form studies are collected from visual research of world folk and tribal cultures, especially cultures involving channeling, spirit possession, and deity worship. My heritage is slavic, therefore my work seems to mimic Ukrainian festival headpieces, however unintentionally. I work from hypnogogic, lucid dream, and trance states.