We had the good fortune of connecting with Eliza Swann and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eliza, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My work involves studying, teaching and making art at the intersections of mysticism, mediumship and creative practice. For me, the energy of art and the energy of spiritual practice are evolutionary revolutionary power. When you give yourself over to the lightning of art it is inherently risky – every creative action that I have surrendered to has radically transformed me, brought me into contact with new friends, places, material realities, ideas and vibrations – sometimes I land at the bottom of the sea and find a wormhole into heaven there, sometimes I land at the bottom of the sea and creatures nibble me into pieces. It is only in this state between heightened attention and watery softness that the revolutionary work comes. It took me some time to learn to surrender to the lightning bolts of inspiration – the surrender had been hidden by the competitiveness and success-aggression that had been instilled in me in art school.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I make videos, paintings, poems, photographs, performances, and books – I also teach. I am committed to a radical widening of definitions for what art is and who makes it – art is evolutionary-revolutionary power that lives in everything – snail shells, the dead, invisible energies, chaos, spaghetti. I give psychic tours of museums every month.

For the past six years, I have put most of my energy into organizing The Golden Dome School where I work with a community of artists and mystics. We ask ourselves to look as plainly as possible at the state of the human organism and how the application of art and spiritual technology can help us out of the current corporate owned capitalistic hellscape. We feel that art and mystical practice has a role to play in dismantling the destructive effects of a senile social system that continues to generate mass death. The Golden Dome started out as an artist residency, and has evolved into a year-round program of exhibitions, classes, and artist residencies. We are founded on principles of undoing systems of hierarchy, exclusion, punishment, and individualism. By upholding ideals of interdependence, responsiveness, nurturance and reciprocity in our work we hope to unearth art forms and ways of being that are liberatory and evolutionary.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love to visit Abalone Cove in Ranchos Palos Verdes, and Mt. Baden-Powell in the Angeles National Forest. The Hollywood Forever Cemetery is magnificent as is the library at the Getty Center, and the Theosophical Library in Altadena. Before it closed, Paru’s was my favorite restaurant in the world, and I love Honda-Ya in Little Tokyo.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to extend loving energy to my friends Grace Kredell, Mireya Lucio, Saewon Oh, and Edgar Fabián Frías who are all magnificent geniuses whose work and generosity have made my life sparkle.

Website: https://elizaswann.com/
Instagram: @thecircularserpent
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RTAC7GECCA&list=PL2qew2jrv5otKOG4I7tEgpOrvOtzb2eaX
Other: https://golden-dome.org/ @goldendomeschool

Image Credits
1) Eliza Swann photographed by Megan Mack 2) Earth Ecstasy, Photograph by Eliza Swann, 2018 3) A Bright Hand in Darkness, HD Video, Eliza Swann, 2018 4) The Golden Dome School, photograph by Eliza Swann, 2015

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