Maryclare Foa (as Ray & Flare Mo), Song for The Wꜵnderfull Gentle Ones
Enshrine, Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Parish Church, London, July 2018
The Work: A short action, performed once, leaving traces as a prayer.
Narratives of the past and present have most often written those of a gender other than male as insignificant, but there have been many gentle and other ones who have contributed much wꜵnder to the world.
From Rābiʿa al-ʿAdawiyya al-Qaysiyya, who knew of the howless, to Mother Meera who came to find how to activate electricity, our world has been peopled by seekers, and mystics of many different beliefs, each one perpetuating the light and love of all creatures and also of this planet. Poems in celebration and word’s of these mystics are sung in this crypt of prayer, as a collective [t]h[e]ymn in these times ‘when things fall apart’ to ‘set the world ablaze’ with ‘… a new culture of compassion’.