A Greater Boston native, I'm a professional dancer and award-winning interdisciplinary artist with talents in choreography, filmmaking, art, and graphic design. I'm co-founder and artistic director of Luminarium Dance Company (Boston, MA), art director of Art New England magazine, senior contributor for The Arts Fuse, and am the Boston area dance critic for the international Fjord Review. I recently completed a one-year term as co-chair of the Arlington Cultural Council, and am regularly hired as an arts advocate to speak at events ranging from legislative assemblies at the State House to entrepreneurial panels for students at Mount Holyoke College. This blog serves as a behind-the-scenes peek into the life and journal of an interdisciplinary artist. Learn more at merliguerra.com or luminariumdance.org, and thank you for reading my thoughts on setting the visual and performing arts into motion.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Washing clean the mind and soul...

For days now, I've been trying to put a finger on it...

Something as simple as the daily ritual of showering can hold so much. It's how I begin each morning--entering groggy; leaving fresh and renewed, ready to take on the day. But then there are the days when I want nothing more than to shower again at the end. Suddenly this "ritual" holds an entirely other purpose: To wash away all the negativity of the day; to heat my body through to the core in an effort to expunge all tension and emotional knots. But does it really work?

Alexa Meade, Activate - 160x80 cm, Edition of 3 | 50x100 cm,
Edition of 5 | 75x37.5 cm, Edition of 7.
(An incredible artist... Check out her work at alexameade.com/artwork)

In these moments, I am reminded that each day is like a production--whether performing for others or ourselves, the time must come when the curtain closes, and we are forced in an instant to reflect. Do we feel fulfillment from a performance well-mastered? Or do we stand by the bathroom mirror, holding off wiping the makeup from our eyes, hoping for a brief encore to salvage the day?

If only water could be so cleansing as to pierce the skin and wash clean the mind and soul, as well as the body... Maybe then we could find some ease.