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A 100 mile walk amongst 80 billion bees as they are trucked in to pollinate California's almond orchards. Art. Ritual. Ecology.
A 100 mile walk amongst 80 billion bees as they are trucked in to pollinate California's almond orchards. Art. Ritual. Ecology.
A 100 mile walk amongst 80 billion bees as they are trucked in to pollinate California's almond orchards. Art. Ritual. Ecology.
76 backers pledged $4,755 to help bring this project to life.

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In February 2016, 80 billion bees will be trucked into California's San Joaquin Valley to pollinate nearly one million acres of almond trees. This is history's most massive gathering of honeybees, coming at a time when hive populations are facing 40% yearly die-off rates and the state copes with extreme drought. It is during this mass pollination event that I, along with a small crew, will perform a 100 mile walk for the healing of the bees dressed in golden ceremonial robes and carrying the scales of justice. The walk will be documented and I will be creating a short video, writings, and a series of paintings for a gallery show scheduled for August 2016 as the almonds are harvested. The show will be featured at The Hive Gallery in downtown LA, voted best gallery and best artwalk stop two years in a row by the LA Weekly. Part performance art, part ritual, part activism, Equilibrium Rites serves to raise public awareness of this ecological crossroads, while expressing a deep reverence for the earth.

photography by M. Cartaya  www.natureismagic.com
photography by M. Cartaya www.natureismagic.com

The project comes from a deep love for the bees and my desire to find a way to engage with our ecological chaos. Honeybees are essential. They pollinate our fruits and vegetables and provide honey, medicine, and beauty. They've been woven into human society for millennia and were so revered by ancient civilizations that honey was the first food given to newborns, was standard offering to the gods, and was even used to entomb pharaohs, kings, and Alexander the Great.

Mystery Triptych paintings by Meesha Goldberg
Mystery Triptych paintings by Meesha Goldberg

I first became inspired by the bees through the writings of my friend Joanna Brook, and so portraited her covered in a swarm, combining art and magic to create work dedicated to their health. I wanted to make something that expressed the value of the bee. And after a year of painting hundreds of bees, I am compelled to create an artwork off canvas and out of the gallery, one that brings the original intent to the next level and into the world of the hives.

The Pollinators by Meesha Goldberg
The Pollinators by Meesha Goldberg
https://beeinformed.org
https://beeinformed.org
California provides 80% of the world's almonds. It is a $4.8 billion industry
California provides 80% of the world's almonds. It is a $4.8 billion industry
80% of the United State's commercial honeybee hives are trucked in for this mass pollination event
80% of the United State's commercial honeybee hives are trucked in for this mass pollination event
                 

This project can be brought to life with your help! If you have any questions please email me at equilibriumrites@yahoo.com

Timeline

November: Manage Kickstarter campaign and produce rewards and preliminary paintings.

December: Ship out first batch of rewards. All efforts will be made to ship prior to holidays. Create preliminary paintings. Create costumes.

January: Physical training. Formulate ritual. Finalize travel plans. Publicize. Ship second batch of rewards.

February: Equilibrium Rites walk! Tentative dates are 2/20-2/27. 

March: Ship out third batch of rewards. Edit photos, video, writings. Begin paintings.

April: Release Equilibrium Rites video. Paint! 

May-July: Paint! 

August: The Hive Gallery show. 

September: Ship final painting rewards.

Budget

The following are the bare bones expenses for travel for myself and a crew of three.

Camera $500  

Costumes & Gear $300

Car Rental $300

Gas $200

Hotel $500

Food $500

Rewards & Shipping $700

Art Supplies $200

Kickstarter Fee $300

Total = $3500

Additional support will do so much for this project, including: extending our stay in the almond groves to document and conduct interviews, hiring a professional photographer, increasing our web presence, purchasing an updated laptop for video editing, and most of all, increasing the amount of time we can dedicate to promoting and executing the walk and art show.

Qualifications

I have full confidence in bringing this project to fruition and want you to as well. I have exhibited artwork at over 18 galleries, festivals, museums, and events, including: Copro Gallery (LA), Stephen Romano Gallery (NYC), Hecksher Museum of Art (NY), Dorr Museum of Natural History (ME), What the Festival (OR), Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (PDX), Hyaena Gallery (LA), Alexi Era Gallery (MO), Tangent Gallery (MI), Maude Kerns Art Center (OR), New Zone Gallery (OR), Tattoo Expo Napoli (IT), 423 Gallery West (LA), Sev Ven Gallery (LA), Catland Books (NYC), Brassworks Gallery (PDX), Chateau L'Amour Gallery (CA), Salmon Street Studios (PDX) & more.

I have also been project coordinator for a four person crew with the artist collective Neon Eso Terricka, creating and managing large scale art installations at the "Conjoined" art shows at Copro Gallery (LA) from 2013-2015 and at What the Festival (OR) in 2015.

Rewards

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STRETCH GOAL! $4500

When we reach $4500 all $25+ contributions will receive a bonus vial of Earth Honey, a blend of Oregon, Greek, West African, New Zealand, and Chilean Honeys. Vial comes on a leather cord!

"Descent" $175
"Descent" $175
"Partial Eclipse of the Witch", $475
"Partial Eclipse of the Witch", $475
Four Queens, $360
Four Queens, $360
Trine, $400
Trine, $400
Fallout, $200
Fallout, $200
Morning Glory, $250
Morning Glory, $250

Risks and challenges

The main risk in the equation of this project is nature, as weather conditions can impact both the timing of the flowering and whether or not the roads are safe to perform the walk. With in-depth planning, travel schedule flexibility, and adequate gear, we can anticipate and be prepared for a range of conditions. However, in the unfortunate case that the walk is cancelled due to extreme weather, the project will be rescheduled for February 2017 with all post-walk artworks delivered in 2017. If you made a pledge for an original gallery show artwork you will have the option to commission an artwork of equal value to be delivered on schedule in 2016.

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    You will receive a digital art thank you email & be credited in the Equilibrium Rites video ☆

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    You will receive a wildflower seed packet featuring Meesha Goldberg's painting "The Pollinators". Plant and create food for the bees ☆

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    You will receive a 5"x7" macro bee print featured in the Kickstarter video. Photography by M. Cartaya ☆

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    You will receive the CD "Mestizo" by artist Rick Zar, whose 12 string guitar music is featured in the Kickstarter video☆

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    You will receive a glass vial of Earth Honey, a blend of honeys from Greece, West Africa, New Zealand, Oregon, and Chile. Comes on a leather necklace.

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    You will receive a signed 8"x10" fine art print of Meesha Goldberg's painting "The Pollinators" ☆

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    You will receive a pair of handcrafted beeswax candle wrapped in the Equilibrium Rites emblem. Be part of the ritual and light a candle during the walk ☆

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    You will receive a signed 8"x10" photograph from the Equilibrium Rites walk ☆

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    You will receive a disposable camera filled with one of a kind behind the scenes unedited photos documenting the project for you to develop ☆

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    You will receive a 3 pack of signed 8"x10" fine art prints including Meesha Goldberg's paintings "The Pollinators", "Preservation", and "Interlaced" ☆

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    You will receive the original pen & ink Equilibrium Rites emblem drawing. 8"x10" on watercolor paper ☆

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    You will receive an original Equilibrium Rites art map highlighting the region of the walk with painted images to pre-embed the purpose of the walk into the land. Map (a) is a costume sketch featured as a stop motion animation in the Kickstarter video ☆

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    You will receive an original 5"x7" Equilibrium Rites preliminary painting. The first to pledge have first choice of artwork once all preliminary paintings are complete ☆

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    You will receive the painting, "Descent". This original oil painting is 8"x10" and comes framed.

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    You will receive the painting "Fallout", 11"x14", framed

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    ☆Hive Package☆
    You will receive:
    -5"x7" preliminary painting (est. delivery 1/16)
    -disposable camera with one of a kind photos
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    -Rick Zar CD
    -ritual candle
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    You will receive the pen and ink drawing "Morning Glory", 18"x24"

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    You will receive the pen and ink drawing "Four Queens". 18"x24". Framed.

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    You will receive the painting "Trine", 18"x24"

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    You will receive the painting "Partial Eclipse of the Witch". 11"x14" framed.

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    You will receive the original oil painting "The Pollinators". 16"x20" ☆

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    You will receive a painting of your choice from the Equilibrium Rites gallery show scheduled for Summer 2016. Approximate size 16"x20". The first to pledge have first choice of artworks ☆

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    You will receive a yellow neon bee sign by Rick Zar and Meesha Goldberg. Neon is mounted on 20"x 20" black hexagon and was originally part of the Neon Eso Terricka installation "The Beacon" created for What the Festival 2015 ☆

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    The Queen Bee Miracle Package

    -first pick of ANY of the artworks created for the Equilibrium Rites gallery show scheduled for Summer 2016
    -exclusive bi-monthly video updates into the making of the Equilibrium Rites walk and gallery show
    -a thank you phone call from the Equilibrium Rites walk
    -invitation to the hanging of the gallery show and dinner with the artist
    -11"x14" framed and matted photograph from the Equilibrium Rites walk (est. delivery 3-16)
    -a custom 8"x10" pen and ink drawing and digital file created for use as personal emblem, tattoo, business logo, etc. (est. delivery 1-16)
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