REGAN DROUIN HALAS
The first time I saw the book, Stranger in a Strange Land, I thought it might be a book about me. My life’s journey has been marked by longing: for beauty, for mystery, for connection. And from earliest memory, I have found refuge and reply to these longings in music, esoteric philosophy, imagination and creative practice.
I am an interdisciplinary artist, writer and researcher devoted to poetic/spiritual inquiry. I approach composition, in whatever form it takes: a divination, a Voicing, a painting, a piece of writing...as an exploration of mind and a correspondence––always a (structured) improvisation and always a collaboration. Keen on the poignant tension of juxtaposition, I am compelled to traverse the distances between ideas, beings, symbols and situations, until I have found the pathways of their intimacy. My work is contemplative in nature and comprises elements and instruments that are like, in principle, to a process of navigation. Echo-locating in a vast dreaming ocean, each project and undertaking seeks to unveil, even fleetingly, the luminous within the mundane.
I make songs. I call them Voicings because they are a mixture of things that the word song doesn't quite describe. I make visual-textural arrangements. I call them Cartographies because they concern themselves with orientation, texture and ritual. I practice Tarot Divination as a means to elucidate and articulate practical ways to tap and interpret the power of the Lunar or Mythic mind.
I am inspired to update inherited myths and re-conceive ritual space as a non-dogmatic, radically creative laboratory. Listening for currents and rhythms, the excavation and re-interpretation of language and meaning, this is my practice. This Divinatory Poetics is a re-cognition of the symbolic, a dance of psyche and genius loci; it dwells at the crossroads where imagination and phenomena meet.
*Drouin is my matrilinial name as well as pen name
*All photography on this site is my own unless otherwise noted.