Feb 17th 2023

Conscious Body, Living Soul

@ Life Force Arts Foundation

1609 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Opening Friday, February 17th, from 7PM - 10PM

On view through Friday, June 30th

Opening Reception
Friday, February 17, 2023
7 – 10 PM Central time
Free admission to exhibit & Opening Reception

Exhibit runs February 17, 2023 – June 30, 2024
the first of two multiarts shows about how being alive, feeling and conscious relates to the sovereignty of spirit, land and people

Celebrate your Sentience, being alive, feeling and conscious in your body, as Life Force Arts Ensemble presents the art exhibit and multidisciplinary arts show Conscious Body, Living Soul: From Sentience to Sovereignty running February 17, 2023 – June 30, 2024 at Life Force Arts Center,
. Opening Reception is Friday, February 17, 2023 from 7 – 10 PM. Exhibit hours are during events at Life Force Arts Center, and by appointment. Admission is free to the exhibit and Opening Reception. Workshops and performances related to the theme will be presented as part of the show. For more information, please contact Joan Forest Mage, Artistic Director.

Featured artists – Conscious Body, Living Soul

Steven Blaine Adams
Natalja Aicardi
Heather Baker
Mary Burton
Jimmy Clark
Sally Cooper
Barbara Ezell
Brian Fagan
Kurt Fondriest
Sofia Girlando
John Henderson
Marilyn Hrymak
Colleen Koziara
Thom Lausch
Tanzen Lilly
Jacob Moreland
Lorraine Moretti
Karlene Mostek
Lisa Nomikos
Szmeralda Shanel
Jessica Thompson
Lyn Wilder-Dean

Conscious Body, Living Soul explores sentience, which means being alive, feeling and conscious. It is a trait humans share with many life forms. A bird is sentient: it has feeling and awareness; a block of wood is not sentient, it does not have feeling and awareness. A sentient being moves, breathes, senses and has agency.

When do you feel most alive? The artwork in Conscious Body, Living Soul encourages the viewer to be sentient, feeling, alive and present.

A sentient being feels a connection to nature. You realize that you’re not isolated, but are part of something larger. Many cultures recognize the connection between individuals and the greater, encompassing sentient Web of Life. Conversely, when people lose soul, they look less and less alive, their senses are dull, they disconnect from nature, their body and their own aliveness. They become machines, instead of living souls. This exhibit and its associated performances and workshops invites you to reawaken your sentience.

Conscious Body is the first of two Exhibit Seasons on two major topics of our times, Sentience and Sovereignty, and their relationship. More information on these coming concepts will be published soon by LFAE Artistic Director Joan Forest Mage.

Conscious Body, Living Soul is the first of two Exhibit Seasons presented by Life Force Arts Ensemble in 2023 – 2026 based in the Life Force Arts Method (LFAM), a powerful psychological and spiritual tool for understanding and building positive relationships from one’s inner world to the outer world. Conscious Body, Living Soul (February 17, 2023 – June 30, 2024) focuses on Sentience: being alive, feeling and conscious, an embodied soul. Spirit, Land & People (July 26, 2024 – January 15, 2026) focuses on the meaning of Sovereignty, of being respected as an autonomous, living being.

(LFAE) is a company of visual and performing artists who commune with soul and spirit to create transformation through the arts based in the Life Force Arts Method. LFAE’s art exhibits create the sacred space for our original performances, which combine dance, vocal and instrumental music, acting, storytelling and poetry, channeling powerful spiritual energy to transform, heal and enlighten our audiences.

The exhibit features a wide variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and installation. Life Force Arts Ensemble Artistic Director Joan Forest Mage says, “It’s fascinating to see the interpretations that artists have about the theme. At LFAE, our art exhibits create sacred space in which our performances and workshops become healing rituals, infused with transformative power to heal and enlighten.”



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