The R.A.W. is . . .

. . . a fortuitous acronym for the Rural Alchemy Workshop. Among other things, the R.A.W. is a site-based, artistic spotted Equus asinus husbandry practice, established in Carnesville, Georgia in 2008 and moved west in 2011. The R.A.W. encompasses a number of projects involving Karin Bolender and companions and collaborators of various species.

Karin Bolender’s interdisciplinary practice roots in rural landscapes (all the faunal, floral, and mineral forms that inhabit them) and human acts of metaphor, memory, and imagination. Through writing, video, performance, sound, and photography, she explores the seams between our human selves and other beings, especially other domestic species, and seeks the deepest roots of our common histories, passions, and needs. Many of her collaborative projects involve journeys through the rural American South with two American Spotted she-Asses, Aliass and Passenger, and many other collaborators: these journeys include Little Pilgrim of Carcassonne (2002), The Dead-Car Crossing (2004), the “Can We Sleep in your Barn Tonight?” MYSTERY TOUR (2006), and the ongoing She-Haw Transhumance series. Her site-specific Dive Rodeo series playfully subverts the breakneck speeds and dominance paradigms of traditional rodeo events like Steer-Wrestling and Team-Roping, in search of slower and more contemplative ways of being and knowing other beings. In 2008, she founded the Rural Alchemy Workshop (R.A.W.) in the pine and poplar woods of Carnesville, Georgia. R.A.W. relocated in 2011 to the golden light and shadowy buttes of the northern Sacramento Valley in California, and then again in 2012 to the dark mossy forests and sweeping grass valleys of western Oregon.

Email ~ karin.bolender{at}gmail.com

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