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 and the search for beauty, mystery and essential communication. 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: a divination, a Voicing, a painting, a piece of writing...as an exploration of mind and a correspondence––a process both improvisatory and collaborative. Keen on the poignant tension of juxtapositions, I traverse the apparent distances between ideas, beings, symbols and situations until I have found the pathways of their intimacy.
My work is contemplative in nature and resembles a kind of navigation. Echo-locating in the vast dreaming ocean, each undertaking seeks to unveil, even fleetingly, the luminous within the mundane. I am inspired to update inherited myths and re-conceive ritual space as a non-dogmatic, radically creative laboratory. My work, which I refer to as Divinatory Poetics is primarily about listening, excavating and re-interpreting language and meaning.
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 divination as a means to elucidate practical ways to align with the unseen and non-rational. This Divinatory Poetics dwells at the crossroads where imagination and phenomena meet.
*Drouin is my matrilinial as well as pen-name
*All photography on this site is my own unless otherwise noted.