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pigments talk

Each month PRI features a guest speaker for our Pigments Talk segment on the third Saturday of the month at 12pm Pacific time. We also have a collection of recordings from the SUMA Series: STEAM and the Indigeneity of Pigments, a collaboration between PRI and The Redi Institute, as well as recordings of various other events. You can access all our recordings on the Resources page. 

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July 20

12pm PDT

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Pigments Talk with:
Caroline Ross of
Found and Ground

"See With The Body Eye:

Pigment, Embodiment, and Regrowing a Living Culture:


In the tactile desert of contemporary life, with its ubiquitous frictionless glass surfaces and barely pixel-deep ways of relating, earth pigments and the preparation of foraged, traditional and archaic art materials can offer us an authentic way back to the real.

Drawing on experiences of a lifetime in arts and craft, 25 years in T’ai Chi, and the last decade working publicly with and writing about earth arts, I’ll be talking about how we can weave richer life ways and art practices that allow the whole of us to show up in all our diversity, brilliance and even our messed-upness. In a time of unravelling, how can we develop our love of colour and earth into a truly generative practice, one that will sustain us and others through challenging times?

Modernity asks that we put ourselves in silos: job here, faith there, family over there, and cut ourselves and our communities into ever smaller groups, at each other’s throats. Conversely, collaborating with Earth, and allowing living materials and craft traditions to be our teachers, we are immediately drawn back into practical, embodied connection, and into a better relationship with our bodies, our communities and our planet.

Drawing on work by Vanessa Oliveira Machado, Dougald Hine, The Dark Mountain Project and Taoist Classics, we’ll mull over a pigment practice that welcomes change, honours our ancestors and seeks to rebalance what has gone out of kilter. I hope you’ll join me in conversation with my friend and colleague Lucy Mayes.

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