The Inspiration for “It is She Who I See”



It is She Who I See celebrates the original woman who is in all of us, and launches an exploration of gender imbalance that permeates societies all over the world. The balance of female and male energy in the universe determines the evolutionary path that we traverse, and it doesn’t take a great deal of observation to note that today’s state of imbalance requires attention. As I consider this condition I find that I have more questions than answers, and more concern than relief. When I talk about this I am buoyed to know that many others are also wondering, acting on it in many ways, and seeking a community with whom they might collaborate to make change in the world.

It is She Who I See emanates from two sources: a digital illustration created by artist Candy Kuehn that provides the show title, and a poem by renowned poet Rita Dove – “The Hill has Something to Say”. Candy says that this picture is how she perceives the original woman whose DNA carries forward into all of us through time. The poem expresses the depth and meaning of all that has unfolded through time on the hill, and reinforces the thread that holds all time together in us. This is the foundation upon which we build.

I am honored to be able to work with a tremendous group of creative, probing and passionate people from many backgrounds and orientations, serving many different roles in the process. We join each other on this adventure, and we engage you all in the journey. We officially launched during a 3-day workshop, video and audio recording session, and special event on September 16-18. We developed the show, we worked on the technological aspects of the production, and we recorded material that will be incorporated into the show in November. At the special event we asked the audience to don wearable art works by local artists and designers, and invited them onto the stage to experience the immersive environment. Their presence in the environment will be built into the November show, representing people who have been “on the hill” before, or who will be there in the future.

We are working on a variety of ways to keep the exploration moving forward, to keep the conversation going, and to identify potent opportunities for us all to have an impact – to help create the world that we want, rather than passively accept what is here now.

We invite you to join in on the conversation. Send us your thoughts, your links to related content, and your ideas about community engagement. We will succeed if we are able to engage our communities to work together to build momentum, and to create critical mass to establish a more healthy and sustainable world.