Gestare Art Collective

01DreamScroll_Gestare installation at conference

Dream Scroll/2013

Gestare Art Collective Gestare means “to carry in the womb” from the Latin for “gestation.” The members of the Gestare Art Collective are women committed to living as process artists in relationship with each other, the Earth, cosmos and all its inhabitants. They honour and practice gestation as a form of artful inquiry and pedagogy. The collective artworkings align with a recent paridigmatic shift in art known as socially-engaged art that has roots in the feminist art movement of the 60s and 70s. They weave with threads from members’ engagement in mother-centred birth practices, earth- environmental work, community development, adult education and activism. Art practices include photography, performance art, drawing, painting, documentary video, moving images, community ritual, sculpture, textiles, and creative writing.

Gestare Website

Barbara Bickel is an artist, researcher, and educator. An Associate Professor of Art Education in the School of Art & Design and Director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Southern Illinois University, she teaches art as a social inquiry and meaning making process. To view her art portfolio and arts-based research and writing on-line visit

Nané Jordan is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Paris 8, France. Her current research focuses on creative life writing methodologies in education and arts-based research, in relation to the texts of Hélène Cixous. The topic of mothering has been central to her arts- and life- based inquiries. Nané has published widely in women’s and motherhood studies, education, and the arts. See her current blog at:

Medwyn McConachy is a community artist whose work is inspired by her love for the earth and all beings. Medwyn uses an arts-based inquiry methodology to explore the relationship between the living planet and the attitudes and beliefs of human populations. She works with mystery, and movement in the conscious and unconscious realms, interpreting her experiences through visual, tactile and performative artmaking.. Go to to see her full personal website.

Cindy Lou Griffith is a documentary filmmaker, writer, visual artist and mental health activist. Her art practice manifests as selfdirected research utilizing autoethnography to document what she has named a symbiote consciousness; whereupon, the emergence of a conversant speaker is documented. This symbiote other offers her a lens – an objective eye and ear by which she is lifted into a discrete world to tell a story of Her. Cindy Lou is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, she lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Ingrid Rose is a lyric-prose writer who calls up her words from infinite inner space to thread sensetenses on and off the page; performance art & mobile sculptings & sharing creative process with many students are her current occupations.

Artist Website


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