Rachael Rice is creating Magical Radical Art for Living + Dying on a Damaged Planet
146

patrons

$811
per month
"An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times."
– Nina Simone

"These are the only genuine ideas; the ideas of the shipwrecked. All the rest is rhetoric, posturing, farce. He who does not really feel himself lost, is lost without remission; that is to say, he never finds himself, never comes up against his own reality."
– José Ortega Y Gassett

“I want to reconnect to my animal life.”
– Kesha

By virtue of some exact sequence of events you have arrived here, in this place, with me.

Even just this part is a gift. Thank you.

This is a place of learning and radical togetherness. An invitation to explore the realms of creativity, of medicine and myth, of the technology of grief and the storied land and all its kin. The work herein touches on questions of edges and margins, of ontology, decolonization, and magic; it is informed by my hospice volunteer work, my background in critical pedagogy and by some theory: post-colonial feminismmaterial semiotics, and agential naturalism.

It is an exploration of what is being asked of me as an artist, and what is being asked of you as someone who cares about art, in a time of overwhelming information, rupture, and stunning lack of wisdom in the dominant culture.

Yet all of us – especially, it seems, artists – are somehow commanded to make sense of the world without even being able to know what "the world" is completely, or say anything about it definitively because who knows what the world according to a cnidarian or a woodfern or star mole might be?

Because in fact we don’t live in the world, the world lives through us, by making us sense things. Artists deliver the news of what sense has been made, and it in turn asks the viewer to engage in sense-making in response. This is how artists literally help us make sense of the world.

This is what I hope to cultivate in this space: a mutually beneficial and wholly unexpected learning environment where we can share the genuine ideas of the shipwrecked, having been unmoored and brokenhearted by the way things are. This vision is grounded neither in hope nor despair, because in the words of Haraway, neither despair nor hope is tuned to the senses. Rather, we must “stay with the trouble.”

And so this is an inquiry into what might that look like for a white settler woman of great privileges, plural, who also stands at a crossroads of the influences of complex trauma, kyriarchy, patriarchy, capitalism, colonialism, ecocide, catabolic collapse, Whiteness, bullshit norms, false binaries, and on and on, grasping at the threads of magic [the entanglement of meaning and matter] that are available so a story that might make some sense to someone may be woven from my time here.

Current projects include:

Visual magic:

  • Magical/Radical: A Child’s Guide to the Apocalypse (book)

  • Magical/Radical Oracle Card Deck 

  • Oracle Deck Workbook

  • Paintings that pay tribute to the more-than-human world

  • Mixed media modern himmeli

Essays:

  • The Gifts of Shame: A Case for an Ontological Upgrade

  • There Is No “Away,” Or What It Means to Call Humans Trash

  • Betraying Whiteness: A Primer

  • How Microdosing Psychedelics Brought Me Back From The Brink

If you read these words and something murmurs inside you, something that has been troubled or needing refuge, whether your connection to that which animates us all has grown threadbare or is streaming out the tips of your hair, if fashioning something with your own hands can be understood as a kind of re-membering, and if you have more questions than answers, please come sit next to me. Like my friend Jen Lemen says when she quotes Subhash, “If it’s easy, let’s do it right now. If it’s hard, let’s do it together.”

Let’s do it, together.

XO
RayRay
Rewards
Spore
$1 or more per month 88 patrons
A small unit to support propagation of magical radical ideas, artworks, writings and teachings. A vote and a vow of confidence, of radical togetherness. Spores offer a small gesture capable of great impact even in the toughest of conditions. 


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly Full Moon recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).

Hypha
$5 or more per month 32 patrons
Hypha is the main mode of expansion at the tips of new structures, doing the essential and fundamental work of growth and connection. Hyphae form a web of support, providing threadlike foundation for more complex doings. 


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly Full Moon recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).


✺ Entered into a monthly drawing for a free print (drawings are on the new moon every month and you will be notified by email if you win)!

Mycelium
$10 or more per month 10 patrons
Mycelium are a kind of colony of hyphae which are so smart they know how to digest things before consuming them. They actively remedy toxic ruptures and can transform places of harm into new life through bioremediation. These networks build strength, filter, and communicate across great distances. 


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly Full Moon recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).


✺ Entrance into a monthly drawing for a free print ((drawings are on the new moon every month and you will be notified by email if you win)!

Rhizome
$20 or more per month 4 patrons
Rhizomes propagate laterally and without hierarchy, they grow perpendicular to gravity and support resiliency, shared power, and collective growth. Support at this level enables the creation of new offerings such as a Magical/Radical Oracle Deck, an accompanying workbook, and the creation of  original artworks created for their own sake, without the spirit-crushing threat of needing to market and sell it. 


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly Full Moon recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).


✺ Entrance into a monthly drawing for a free piece of original artwork. (drawings are on the new moon every month and you will be notified by email if you win)!


Digital Rx Bundle: monthly gift of digital medicine (e.g. an interview, video chat, new piece of artwork, special prompt, short essay, etc.) delivered to your inbox. 

Holon
$50 or more per month 5 patrons
A holon is something that is simultaneously a whole and a part. It is evolving, self-organizing, relational, and open-ended. Holon-level contributors are invested in cultivating the conditions for an artist to fully realize and live into her medicine, which includes the creation of a book on Magical Radical living in a dying culture on a damaged planet. 


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly mystery medicine mail: something special sent via USPS mail from me to you.


✺ Monthly recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).


✺ Quarterly (every solstice + equinox) you will receive a curated Magical Radical Medicine Box full of gorgeous, wildcrafted and handmade items from me and guest artists. 


It's like a treasure you wish you might stumble upon that was hidden away by your great great grandmother just for you, for the exact right moment.


A sampling of unique tools + creations including things like:


- eco prints

- altar items 

- incense and burnables

- seasonal teas, salves, and balms

- wearables and adornments

- aromatic bitters, edibles, tinctures, extracts, truffles

- small weavings, weaving kits, mixed media and fiber art pieces

- prompts for journaling, reflection, grief work, and community dialog

- small art prints, paintings, and 2D collage

- art supplies + small kits to create your own work

- selections from other writers and thinkers relevant to Magical Radical living + dying on a damaged planet


A sensuous, beautifully presented offering to support learning, creativity and connection. 

Holobiont
$100 or more per month 2 patrons
Holobionts are assemblages of different species that form ecological units. Holobionts are technically defined as the host plus of all its microbial symbionts, including transient and stable members.  All plants and animals can be understood as holobionts, and this in turn can help us re[member] ourselves as less of a separate atomized entity and more as a place. This idea contextualizes us within a framework of intra-active communities.


Holobiont-level contributors are invested in an artist's work as an intimate energy exchange with the goal of learning together.   


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).


✺ Monthly mystery medicine mail: something special sent via USPS mail from me to you.


✺ Quarterly (every solstice + equinox) you will receive a curated Large Magical Radical Medicine Box full of gorgeous, wildcrafted and handmade items from me and guest artists. 


It's like a treasure you wish you might stumble upon that was hidden away by your great great grandmother just for you, for the exact right moment.


A generous sampling of unique tools + creations including things like:


- eco prints

- altar items 

- incense and burnables

- seasonal teas, salves, and balms

- wearables and adornments

- aromatic bitters, edibles, tinctures, extracts, truffles

- small weavings, weaving kits, mixed media and fiber art pieces

- prompts for journaling, reflection, grief work, and community dialog

- small art prints, paintings, and 2D collage

- art supplies + small kits to create your own work

- selections from other writers and thinkers relevant to Magical Radical living + dying on a damaged planet


A sensuous, beautifully presented offering to support learning, creativity and connection. 

Goals
$811 of $1,000 per month
I will host a Magical Radical Art Retreat in the summer for those interested in exploring these themes in person!
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"An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times."
– Nina Simone

"These are the only genuine ideas; the ideas of the shipwrecked. All the rest is rhetoric, posturing, farce. He who does not really feel himself lost, is lost without remission; that is to say, he never finds himself, never comes up against his own reality."
– José Ortega Y Gassett

“I want to reconnect to my animal life.”
– Kesha

By virtue of some exact sequence of events you have arrived here, in this place, with me.

Even just this part is a gift. Thank you.

This is a place of learning and radical togetherness. An invitation to explore the realms of creativity, of medicine and myth, of the technology of grief and the storied land and all its kin. The work herein touches on questions of edges and margins, of ontology, decolonization, and magic; it is informed by my hospice volunteer work, my background in critical pedagogy and by some theory: post-colonial feminismmaterial semiotics, and agential naturalism.

It is an exploration of what is being asked of me as an artist, and what is being asked of you as someone who cares about art, in a time of overwhelming information, rupture, and stunning lack of wisdom in the dominant culture.

Yet all of us – especially, it seems, artists – are somehow commanded to make sense of the world without even being able to know what "the world" is completely, or say anything about it definitively because who knows what the world according to a cnidarian or a woodfern or star mole might be?

Because in fact we don’t live in the world, the world lives through us, by making us sense things. Artists deliver the news of what sense has been made, and it in turn asks the viewer to engage in sense-making in response. This is how artists literally help us make sense of the world.

This is what I hope to cultivate in this space: a mutually beneficial and wholly unexpected learning environment where we can share the genuine ideas of the shipwrecked, having been unmoored and brokenhearted by the way things are. This vision is grounded neither in hope nor despair, because in the words of Haraway, neither despair nor hope is tuned to the senses. Rather, we must “stay with the trouble.”

And so this is an inquiry into what might that look like for a white settler woman of great privileges, plural, who also stands at a crossroads of the influences of complex trauma, kyriarchy, patriarchy, capitalism, colonialism, ecocide, catabolic collapse, Whiteness, bullshit norms, false binaries, and on and on, grasping at the threads of magic [the entanglement of meaning and matter] that are available so a story that might make some sense to someone may be woven from my time here.

Current projects include:

Visual magic:

  • Magical/Radical: A Child’s Guide to the Apocalypse (book)

  • Magical/Radical Oracle Card Deck 

  • Oracle Deck Workbook

  • Paintings that pay tribute to the more-than-human world

  • Mixed media modern himmeli

Essays:

  • The Gifts of Shame: A Case for an Ontological Upgrade

  • There Is No “Away,” Or What It Means to Call Humans Trash

  • Betraying Whiteness: A Primer

  • How Microdosing Psychedelics Brought Me Back From The Brink

If you read these words and something murmurs inside you, something that has been troubled or needing refuge, whether your connection to that which animates us all has grown threadbare or is streaming out the tips of your hair, if fashioning something with your own hands can be understood as a kind of re-membering, and if you have more questions than answers, please come sit next to me. Like my friend Jen Lemen says when she quotes Subhash, “If it’s easy, let’s do it right now. If it’s hard, let’s do it together.”

Let’s do it, together.

XO
RayRay

Recent posts by Rachael Rice

Rewards
Spore
$1 or more per month 88 patrons
A small unit to support propagation of magical radical ideas, artworks, writings and teachings. A vote and a vow of confidence, of radical togetherness. Spores offer a small gesture capable of great impact even in the toughest of conditions. 


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly Full Moon recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).

Hypha
$5 or more per month 32 patrons
Hypha is the main mode of expansion at the tips of new structures, doing the essential and fundamental work of growth and connection. Hyphae form a web of support, providing threadlike foundation for more complex doings. 


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly Full Moon recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).


✺ Entered into a monthly drawing for a free print (drawings are on the new moon every month and you will be notified by email if you win)!

Mycelium
$10 or more per month 10 patrons
Mycelium are a kind of colony of hyphae which are so smart they know how to digest things before consuming them. They actively remedy toxic ruptures and can transform places of harm into new life through bioremediation. These networks build strength, filter, and communicate across great distances. 


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly Full Moon recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).


✺ Entrance into a monthly drawing for a free print ((drawings are on the new moon every month and you will be notified by email if you win)!

Rhizome
$20 or more per month 4 patrons
Rhizomes propagate laterally and without hierarchy, they grow perpendicular to gravity and support resiliency, shared power, and collective growth. Support at this level enables the creation of new offerings such as a Magical/Radical Oracle Deck, an accompanying workbook, and the creation of  original artworks created for their own sake, without the spirit-crushing threat of needing to market and sell it. 


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly Full Moon recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).


✺ Entrance into a monthly drawing for a free piece of original artwork. (drawings are on the new moon every month and you will be notified by email if you win)!


Digital Rx Bundle: monthly gift of digital medicine (e.g. an interview, video chat, new piece of artwork, special prompt, short essay, etc.) delivered to your inbox. 

Holon
$50 or more per month 5 patrons
A holon is something that is simultaneously a whole and a part. It is evolving, self-organizing, relational, and open-ended. Holon-level contributors are invested in cultivating the conditions for an artist to fully realize and live into her medicine, which includes the creation of a book on Magical Radical living in a dying culture on a damaged planet. 


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly mystery medicine mail: something special sent via USPS mail from me to you.


✺ Monthly recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).


✺ Quarterly (every solstice + equinox) you will receive a curated Magical Radical Medicine Box full of gorgeous, wildcrafted and handmade items from me and guest artists. 


It's like a treasure you wish you might stumble upon that was hidden away by your great great grandmother just for you, for the exact right moment.


A sampling of unique tools + creations including things like:


- eco prints

- altar items 

- incense and burnables

- seasonal teas, salves, and balms

- wearables and adornments

- aromatic bitters, edibles, tinctures, extracts, truffles

- small weavings, weaving kits, mixed media and fiber art pieces

- prompts for journaling, reflection, grief work, and community dialog

- small art prints, paintings, and 2D collage

- art supplies + small kits to create your own work

- selections from other writers and thinkers relevant to Magical Radical living + dying on a damaged planet


A sensuous, beautifully presented offering to support learning, creativity and connection. 

Holobiont
$100 or more per month 2 patrons
Holobionts are assemblages of different species that form ecological units. Holobionts are technically defined as the host plus of all its microbial symbionts, including transient and stable members.  All plants and animals can be understood as holobionts, and this in turn can help us re[member] ourselves as less of a separate atomized entity and more as a place. This idea contextualizes us within a framework of intra-active communities.


Holobiont-level contributors are invested in an artist's work as an intimate energy exchange with the goal of learning together.   


You will receive:


✺ Access to all writings here and exclusive discounts/early access to new offerings. 


✺ Monthly recorded Zoom video call on a particular theme (chosen with your input).


✺ Monthly mystery medicine mail: something special sent via USPS mail from me to you.


✺ Quarterly (every solstice + equinox) you will receive a curated Large Magical Radical Medicine Box full of gorgeous, wildcrafted and handmade items from me and guest artists. 


It's like a treasure you wish you might stumble upon that was hidden away by your great great grandmother just for you, for the exact right moment.


A generous sampling of unique tools + creations including things like:


- eco prints

- altar items 

- incense and burnables

- seasonal teas, salves, and balms

- wearables and adornments

- aromatic bitters, edibles, tinctures, extracts, truffles

- small weavings, weaving kits, mixed media and fiber art pieces

- prompts for journaling, reflection, grief work, and community dialog

- small art prints, paintings, and 2D collage

- art supplies + small kits to create your own work

- selections from other writers and thinkers relevant to Magical Radical living + dying on a damaged planet


A sensuous, beautifully presented offering to support learning, creativity and connection.