Day 2

THE DAILYS PROJECT : How it works.

Everyday, I create an artwork. What this work is can vary wildly in material and subject. Once the art is made, I share it online. The first person to claim the work, can have it, just be sure you have fully read what the project requests.

To claim this work, email me at thechemicalmarriage@gmail.com

Daily 2 of 365

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Love as the Medium

In my role as a sexual being, I have encountered a persistent phenomenon; spirit communication through the medium of my lovers body.

Sometimes during the act of love-making I become aware of an exchange or communication with something beyond who, and what I know my partner to be. It is as if I have a spirit lover who is able to interact through the physical medium, but is not actually embedded in it. This being, or at least my imaginative use of it as affecting my conscious as a symbol, has punctuated my sexual history.

My partners have are usually not aware of this during the act of sex. There have been a few rare instances where both my lover and I where on the same page and both fully aware of the daemon, entity, or consciousness acting through our bodies. When this has happened there is a huge upload of insight and hints at something beyond time. IT is as if there are cosmic lovers beyond the veil, whose love is so great that if they where to join, all the universe would ignite. Their eternal attempt to touch one another brings about this world of seeming duality. Being up to mingle with that power on a sexual level is one of the greatest highs I have experienced.

These experiences influenced today’s creation. If it speaks to you, please let me know.

I will ship the work to you on the condition that you must send me something back in return. It’s really a bizarre experiment in art, community, and trust. It excites and inspires. If you claim an artwork, in your  email please include your shipping address, and maybe a little bit on why you want the artwork. I will email you back, and ship the art🙂 This project last 365 days and ends December 7, 2017.

~Aaron Stewart Lewis Knapp

thechemicalmarriage@gmail.com

(Below is a yellow variation edited in Instagram. Find me there @chemicalmarriage )

 

 

 


Dailys Project: Day 1

THE DAILYS PROJECT : How it works.

Everyday, I create an artwork. What this work is can vary wildly in material and subject. Once the art is made, I share it online. The first person to claim the work, can have it, just be sure you have fully read what the project requests.

To claim this work, email me at thechemicalmarriage@gmail.com

 

Daily 1 of 365 (claimed)

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Therians gather at the new tree.

Therianthropes are a mixed morphotype beings, whose origin is in every archaic culture. Early art forms the world over show these chimerical forms as an intergral component to the spirit world of our ancestors. The subject at hand is shape-shifting, the metamorphosis of a human being into animals or mythic beasts. It is a murky realm, with many nuances to the meaning, history, and modern practice.

It is this artist opinion that shape-shifting is a psychological act, the effect of which can be greatly increased by physical props and costumes to enrich the experience. The human being, through ritual, and conscious use of the imagination can assume the habits, movements, and senses of other creatures. Reality is a personal perception, and if a being alters that perception they alter reality. What we deem as real is a matter of consensus, and the history will show any clever investigator that the fantastical can become sensible through ritual and connection to ecologyy, especially if this consensual reality is reinforced through social codes of behaviour. These shape-shifting rituals do exactly that. This connection to nature through assumed senses and animal identity helps to bind the human being to the planet and ties them into the ecology in a way that sustains life.

It is no wonder that as the Earth continues to be ravaged and torn apart that human beings are called to identify with non-human consciousness. This return to an archaic value of a being tied in directly to its environment is part of a larger shift underway in our species. In coming years we can expect to see an increase in the number of people identifying as therian, as well as a return to ritual in religious systems. It will seem scary at first as old culture must accommodate such new and novel lifestyles. But an important thing to remember is that the archaic values ARE the mother culture, and perhaps it’s not the end of cultural norms, but rather a falling away of separation/dominator programs of social control that have been at the helm of human identity for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The ritual effects of our early spirituality resonates inside of us, and tempting those influences invokes a great transformative power.

From The Sorcerer of Ariege to the  Otherkin in modern cities, therianism is a defining element of how a human being relates to the environment . The desire to be “other” is a deep psychical agency that will continue to shape who we are, and how we relate in a world increasingly strange, yet familiar.

Today’s art work is directly inspired by my thoughts and insirations from a study and participation in therian systems. It was my path into perfomance art that made the phenomenon conscious in me. Many of my current psychedellic explorations explore the reality of imaginive shape-shifting and intra-species communication.

I will ship the work to you on the condition that you must send me something back in return. It’s really a bizarre experiment in art, community, and trust. It excites and inspires. If you claim an artwork, in your  email please include your shipping address, and maybe a little bit on why you want the artwork. I will email you back, and ship the art🙂 This project last 365 days and ends December 7, 2017.

~Aaron Stewart Lewis Knapp

thechemicalmarriage@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 


Rites of Conversion (audio-visual art x occult ritual)

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The mind and body behind Chemical Marriage, Aaron Stewart Lewis Knapp, is now involved in another project that brings together everything learned thus far:

RITES OF CONVERSION

Its a audio-visual feedback system incorporating magick ritual with performance art known as an aktion. A canvas is connected with microphones so that every time a line is drawn, it makes an amplified sound. That sound is then taken into various analog effect pedals, and a bunch of stuff Aaron doesn’t understand…he just draws and talks. The technomes do that other stuff…

Check out this project as it lifts off the ground. It has 3 core members, ASLK, CD, and JR. Friends and Initiates sometimes participate. Links and Video below. Next ritual is sometime in January.

Rites of Conversion on YouTube

Rites of Conversion of Facebook

search #ritesofconversion on Instagram

Join us.

 


Ritual this weekend at Cirque De Virgo

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Action in Berea, Kentucky

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JOIN US.

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Summer Schedule

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The Chemical Marriage, and affiliated entities, will be busy this summer:

July 13th: Art at the Secret Spot Show

July 27th: Dr. Isbell and the Daytripper at the Secret Spot Show

July 30th: Art at The Shrine for the solsctice celebration~Somerset, Ky

August 2nd: HOMETRON Show~ Collab with B.S.O.A.J.G., E.L.EW., and Cum Dads~Lexington

August 5th: First Friday Festival~Berea

August 13th: Sip’n’Stroke wine and art event at Boone Tavern

September 16th-18th: Cirque De Virgo~absolute crazy unleashed in full~Homegrown Hideaways

September 30th-October 2nd: Patchwork Music Festival~Nicholasville, Ky

…and then there is October🙂


Playthink 2016

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Blessed. Full of gratitude. Wonder. Connection. Happiness. Discovery. Playing. Thinking…

WOW, that is the word Playthink 2016.  A great showing for the Chemical Marriage, but also for Playthink as a whole. We grew a lot this year; and next year is already looking good. Before I get into my personal experience, Let me first say thank you to every single one of you who contributed to the making of this years flow festival. We did exactly what mama Paige invited us to do…. Amazingly well done folks!

The Chemical Marriage space was great this year. A chill spot in the shade to relax, find something cool to drink, a few sprays of ma’s special spray….a place to sit and be for a while. We offered Isness portraits, and continued with that special energy painting developed in 2014. New for me this year was the Mime sessions I did in the afternoons on Thursday and Friday. THAT was fun….I felt like a child again. This kid Spike really gave me a run for my money. The jewel of my creation at Playthink is this door that was painted….

 

This door was painted on site for Playthink 2016

This door was painted on site for Playthink 2016

The door was started on Thursday and added to through the entire festival. Saturday is when it really took off; I got started around 11 am and worked until sunrise on Sunday. The door was an ongoing artwork, but also served as the place where people got energy painted. Eventually, the entire scene got painted…the rocks, grass, candles, rugs….the numerous small canvases laid around, the cloths….all elements being added to the larger door painting as things developed. By sunrise Sunday morning the location itself was a work of art.

It was an epic ritual, most of which was done in character as the Muse…a full body suit half black, half white…as well as a mask. While working I did not speak (unless I really had to) and made a point to interact with participants in heartfelt ways. Luckily, I had the lovely Katie Didit on site to help me. I know I have many weird quirks, but she really came through to make it all happen.

Reflecting back, what I value the most was the feelings. I felt so deep into people. Revealed my vulnerability. True communion. The space served as a cosmic checkpoint for people. The most memorable moments where the late night encounters; when I am there alone painting for the moon and crickets when a strange and beautiful human emerges from the edge of my candle….and we sit, we look….we listen with our eyes. For a brief moment it is just our little shared world….and then the spirit calls them and they depart to join the crowd….I rejoin the crickets and the moon….those feelings are captured and carefully carried inside of me….that is what you see flowing from the tip of my brush. It is so much more than paint. That painting is washed in tears overflowing me…

So now that I am back to the daily stuff…those moments are resonating deep inside and I can promise you it has already inspired me for whats next. I love you all! I love Playthink. Thank you.