Regan Drouin (Halas) – (Mixed Media Artist)

2017 Gala

These pieces are part of a year-long project called ‘Soul Retrieval’. They document a process of integrating techne, (reasoning mind or ‘left brain’) and psyche, (the intuitive mind and the ocean of the unconscious).

…Attempting to organise, categorise and name the contents: the timing is always off, the look is awkward, contrived. How long does one wait? What impulse is trustworthy? Oh delicious anxiety, reading Taoist texts, hoping, planning to let go of pre-conception. Failing.

Conversation with disembodied voices: memories, fragments, bits of songs, images, news preferably forgotten…but mostly sensation; the vivid sensation of a color or the jagged edge of a torn page. Everything is offered here, in this sensuous now.

I am looking for a passport to the OtherWorld: the place of buried wisdoms that lies beneath the social body and conceptual mind. Trim the foliage just enough to reveal what is already there, to unearth the bridges that lie hidden in dreams and raw phenomena, to travel to myth and bring back the scrolls.

Works presented include:

“Irreconciled”  oil, encaustic, old texts
“Thinking” oil, encaustic, old texts
“A Theory” oil, encaustic, old texts, detritus
“Divination” oil, encaustic, old texts, silk, photo transfer, feathers, eggshell
“Physics” encaustic, old texts

Gala BIO

The first time I saw the title of the book, ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’, I thought, ‘That is the title of a book about me’. My life’s journey has been marked by searching; for sanctuary, for a sense of home, for love. From my youngest years, I have found reply to this longing in music, esoteric philosophy, imagination and a process of self-examination rooted in contemplative practice.

Honing vocabulary and listening for currents, this is my practice, exploration of the meeting place of phenomena and imagination, stitching “internal” and “external” landscapes, the excavation and deconstruction of language–words, symbols, sounds–that embed themselves in this human body, this is my practice.

I use the term “composer” broadly; my work finds form in mixed media collage, song and somatically-based installation, (social sculpture). I approach composition as a kinesthetic, in- corporeal exploration of mind: listening and response–a conversation. I seek to inhabit the mythology of my life. I seek to become the art I seek.