SILVER LAKE SHAMANS, BURNING SAGE, & ARTIST PENNY SLINGER
Living in L.A. earlier this year I was really exposed and amused by a phenomenon called "The Silver Lake Shaman". These are Palo Santo burning modern day " witchy /vegan/yogis - ' a woman awash in natural light wearing a cocoon shaped dress in a shade of golden turmeric' as described in this hilarious article "Hippies are the New Hipster" by @JenniAvins.
I'll admit, I might be into some "New Agey" approaches to my well- being, but L.A. does a pretty good job at exaggerating and commercializing everything and anything including spirituality. That said, I've always been interested and fascinated by the original forces bringing these topics to light, well before the current trends of yoni steam rituals, biodynamic wine, moonjuice adaptogenic sex dust, and even yoga adjusting, ( yeah that really is an occupation in L.A.). Obviously I enjoyed many benefits of that sort of lifestyle…I discovered the power of breath work, meditation, and the joys of drinking bulletproof coffee. Looking into it, I came across a couple of inspiring instagram handles, like the hoodwitch, and in terms of art I came across the work of British artist @pennyslinger, who is known for her surrealist style of photographic collages, from the 60's and 70's. Back then her work touched on topics like sexuality, celestial creativity and mysticism, which were incredibly taboo or at least novel for the mainstream. The artist has described her work as a " map of the journey of the Self". She is also the mind behind the Tantric Dakini Oracle deck (1978) and ( of course) happens to live in California.