Solo exhibition at 100 Rochester Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 16 November - 17 December, 2017.
Holli McEntegart’s work produces tension between the seen and the unseen, using performance, video, sculpture and installation. Since 2010 McEntegart has been working closely with a range of spiritual practitioners from a variety of esoteric modalities, including psychic mediums, spiritual healers, pagan witches and, most recently, The Aetherius Society. Each one has passed on a different tool and learned action which McEntegart has incorporated into projects developed in tandem with the spiritual practitioners. Hers is a process of kneading together two perspectives: what we feel we know, and what we can’t know. This is exemplified in magical thinking, conjuring and spell making.
The work reveals itself in the unfolding and unearthing of process. The gallery space is transformed into an immersive environment with video, sculpture and drawings that examine the storage of trauma alongside notions of labor and endurance. The dualities in McEntegart's practice—action and stillness, trauma and healing, ephemeral and enduring—are the opposing forces in which to consider how memory is contained in body and object.
Stones gathered from Mt Wakefield, in the foothills of Aoraki / Mt Cook, Aotearoa New Zealand
Mt Wakefield is in the foothills of Aoraki / Mt Cook, Aotearoa New Zealand
Dr George King at the charged spot on Mt Wakefield on Christmas Eve 1960
Mt Wakefield is a sacred mountain according to The Aetherius Society. It is one of the 19 Holy Mountains of the world and was ‘charged’ on 24th December 1960 by The Master Jesus with great majestic powers which can never be depleted.It waits silently for people of any faith to come and invoke its energies and send them out to the world. This type of direct action through service will help the world through the difficult times preceding the much prophesied ‘New Age’.
Founded in the 1950’s, by an Englishman named George King, The Aetherius Society is an international spiritual organization dedicated to spreading the teachings of advanced extraterrestrial intelligences. King believes he was contacted by an extraterrestrial intelligence known as “Aetherius”. These teachings consist of information passed through King as he became a conduit for the Master Aetherius. One of these transmissions contained the blueprint for a prayer battery which King constructed. They believe this object to be capable of storing healing energy which they release onto the world during yearly pilgrimages to their 19 recognized Holy Mountains in a bid for mass healing. Using this format, I modified their ideology to create an Energy Box that can hold objects representational of personal trauma. When placed into the landscape, the box, made from reclaimed maple and brass, becomes a vessel, and a site of conjuring.
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Map of stars and constellations as seen from the ground when the energy box was placed at 406452° N 74.0976° W in 2017
There are three main Grids that operate through and around Earth; the Crystalline Grid, which links the Crystals in the Earth, the Light Grid, which links us to our Higher or inner Self, and the Solar Grid, which holds the energy of the Central Sun. Where this Grid crosses are major portals, vortexes and dimensional doorways that connect the Inner Earth and Earth to other dimensional worlds, stars and planets in the galaxy, solar systems and Beyond.
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Map of stars and constellations as seen from the ground when image was taken in Tawharanui Peninsula, New Zealand, in 1992.
Elizabeth Carter, former Officer of the Madison Spiritualist Camp, Madison, Maine. Pastor of the Portland Spiritual Church.
When I first met Elizabeth in the summer of 2014 she told me about a group of spirits she saw around me, she called them my Spirit Band, and named them all for me, the Door Keeper, the Teacher, the Runner, the Chemist, and the Doctor. We sat and drank tea and she explained their rolls to me, she said, “The Doorkeeper is the main intermediary between you and spirit, a protector which helps you learn to listen to your gut. The Teacher changes as you grow. The Runner is the worker, she can travel to higher spiritual levels to get answers for the others. The Chemist works on the deep chemistry of your body, and the Doctor is the healer.”
Metal dowsing rods identify an exact point of intersection of the earth's magnetic bands, the earth's power points crisscross across the globe as the salt routes once did.
“Natalie rang me last night and told me I should come to the meeting early to do some work up at the Foundation. When I got there we ended up having a long conversation about the events of the week before and how I was feeling now. I told her that immediately afterwards I had felt really terrific, I had felt a release. But that over the next few days I had felt it creep back in. I said I wished there was something to swallow that would rid my soul of this ancient fear. She gave me her dowsing rods and a book called ‘Don’t You Know John Cain?: Investigation of the Merseyside Healer’”