Binda Colebrook

emergent work

Yield to Pull Projects

Current work involving a series of installations that consider the first 5 developmental movements that humans make as defined by Body Mind Centering principles. Those movements are

YIELD – PUSH – REACH – GRASP – PULL

The interest is in exploring these five movements as they are expressed psychologically. These psychological expressions exist not only in our body movements and actions, but also in the spaces we create between us. Below are the resulting explorations of these ideas through environment, light, object and movement.

Reach

Reach Field Tree Project

The Reach Field Tree Project is an installation that was built in the summer of 2019 as part of a sculpture biennial at Park Hill Orchard in Easthampton MA. The installation consists of two tree branches placed on metal tripods. Articulated hands are embedded in the broken end of the branch. Red threads emerge from the hands and reach toward a tree. Each thread is tied into the body of the tree. This installation will be up for two years, and will be photographed through the seasons.The installation is an exploration of reaching at a psychological level. After a powerful windstorm, I saw many downed branches. I was struck by my own sense of loss and connection to the trees as if they were members of my family. This piece engages in a reciprocal level of care with our planet.

 

Grasp

Grasp action explorations began with ceramic sculptures that are a visual imprint of a two handed grasp motion. Accompanying them are videos of the grasp action involved in making the imprints. The ceramic pieces will be shown on shelves on a white wall. The videos will be projected onto the same wall on a loop.

Further grasp explorations can be seen in the Grasp Stone Offering and in the Grasp and Pull candle holders.

Grasp Gathering Circle

People were invited to imprint their grasps into clay. The process was filmed. Below are images of the grasp imprints gathered in a conversation circle. Each person’s touch sensing capacity is expressed here through the material that is left behind. This piece could also be shown against a back drop of the slow motion actions of the hands forming the imprints.

Yield

The first action humans learn to make is yield. To yield is to connect with gravity. It is from the yielding action that we can then resist gravity and become upright. To sleep well, we need to be able to yield. What happens developmentally when yielding is interrupted? What happens if we yield to this moment in time and flow with what is possible? What is it to be without this foundational building block? How do we invite our fast-paced production driven culture to yield? 

Below is a link to a clip of the yield action. It will be included in a longer video of all 5 movements

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