Charlotte Ray Janowski


I am an artist and creative director of the performance troupe Psychopomps. I create primal masks based on archetypes. The head adornments represent visualizations of states of consciousness. I create performances with dancers of all modalities. I explore the use of the masks as tools for awareness. The masks allow the anonymity to explore hidden or frozen self-states, in service of creating new narratives. I use these physical works of art as beacons. The sculpture-skin facilitates the experience of shapeshifting, causing one to forget their identity/story. This ritual object makes space for the self-essence to emerge, and for expanded freedom. The mask beings are Psychopomps, ferrying souls through life transitions. They are protective guardians like presiding deities depicted around the edges of Buddhist mandala paintings; who form a protective barrier for the practitioners psychic exploration and transformation. Currently my work is focusing on different autobiographical selves, neuroplasticity, somato-emotional release, spiritual kintsugi, bharatanatyum and cross-cultural deity studies.

My sculptures are clairvoyant explorations, a type of seeing without eyes, perceiving instead with the mind's eye. The costumes and masks are spirit-suits. I use symbolic language of form, color, and texture to articulate textured emotional experiences and visualization of psychic language between beings. 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 to create these works of art.