Cycle of the WitchFilm / Video
2013, 12 minutes (watch excerpt)
Created for the exhibition Tapping the Third Realm, curated by Meg Linton and Carolyn Peter, Otis College of Art and Design and Loyola Marymount University, September 22 – December 8, 2013. From curator Meg Linton: In this new video, artist Cheri Gaulke utilizes personal narrative, family photographs, images of nature, and segments from previous work to meditate on the cycle of life. She courageously shares a story of her transformation from a young girl, the daughter of a prominent Lutheran minister in the Midwest, into an artist, lesbian and “born-again-bruja” in Los Angeles. Her montaged journey leads us through the introduction of a specific doctrine to a child, the questioning of young adult, the rejection of faith and family, the embrace of one’s path, and the creation of one’s own community. Cycle of the Witch is a continuation of Gaulke’s thirty-five year investigation into themes of religion, sexual politics and identity, and the environment.