Ignis Anima: Life, death and rebirth through paint, dance and film

(Jackson, Wyo.) - "It started with watching a paint commercial on someones couch and going back and forth with that friend. Then a water color painting that I did while sitting on another friends couch. From there it developed and gained meaning," said Kayla Arend about her new unique and beautiful mixed media art project that will debut at the Center for the Arts this Friday. The project, called Ignis Anima, is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that features a short film, live painting/dance performance, and a collection of still photographs. Arend explained that "Ignis Anima is latin for Soul Fire. It is a multi-part multi-media artistic representation of one's spirit in the process of life, death and rebirth. Based on the ecological theory known as the Trophic Cascade. This piece all tied together expresses six different major elements of one's soul as it goes through the phases of existence. Each element of this production means a different thing: - Total running TIME of the dance is the human lifespan. - PAINT is different emotional experiences over a lifespan. - DANCE is the perception of those experiences. - MUSIC is the historical aspect of the human condition as an idea. - FILM is an outsiders interaction with your life's experience. - PHOTOGRAPHY is the impact after taking in the moment. - ART is the expression." The project was led by Arend, but had the help of 19 local artists including producer Brad Sutherland, Choreographer Luke Zender, musician Maddy German and more. The Center for the Arts opening will include a live interactive performance piece by Luke Zender and Francesca Romo, a showing of the film, and paintings from the production and still photographs on display. About 60 paintings were produced from Ignis Anima. These are available at the show or at The art opening is on Friday, March 11 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. *Feature Photo: Ignis Anima. h/t Kayla Arend / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news