Illumination - Spring 2013

Artist Unbound: ‘Her Blue Sea Fire’

Cherie Sampson

Cherie Sampson discusses the creation of ‘Her Blue Sea Fire’ during a recent interview with Natalie Feibish, Illumination's web editor.


This performance art piece was inspired by the illustrative 'myth of origins' described in canto 1 of the Finnish epic poem, The Kalevala. The visual translation of the text is a non-literal, poetic/symbolic representation using chant, movement and sculptural elements. This edited video footage is from two live performances for an audience that took place on and within a small pond in the rural Midwestern U.S. in 2002. Performance was developed in 2001 in collaboration with Deanne Warnholtz-Wortman.


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