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Dominique Mazeaud, "The Point of Tears", Ritual Performance, 2001, Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

Dominique Mazeaud

Since 1979, "heartist" Dominique Mazeaud has been on a journey to find the spiritual in art. Her installations and ritual-based performances in service to the Earth reflect this quest.

Mazeaud's seven-year project, "The Great Cleansing of the Rio Grande River" was at first a monthly ritual to clean up the river as a prayer, while documenting the visits in a journal. As the project developed it became a profound meditation on her connection to the river itself. "I have landed in a new land where I discover the river is as true an artist as I am."

An ongoing performance called the "Point of Tears" (see image) addresses the issue of how people can connect to place directly. "Point of Tears" has been performed internationally. Through the performance Mazeaud models participants a method of "deep listening" which helps raise awareness of their important relationship to the environment. This heart-based connection to the world may indeed be the essential foundation of all efforts to make the world a better place.

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