“Not so long ago women were deeply involved in the natural rhythms of life and death. We were close to the elements that make up this world and understood how to be in communion with nature. We inhaled the pungent odor of iron from the fresh blood of childbirth. We washed and buried the cooling bodies of the dead as well. We understood the medicine in the plants, the healing of the waters and the change carried by the winds. This connection had been ripped away from us by the industrialized world, until now. Now we find the Wild Woman, La Loba, The Witch, Criatura, La Que Sabe, The One Who Knows is WAKING.

The Wild Woman is the one who dares, who creates, and who destroys. She is the primitive and inventing soul that makes all creative acts and arts possible. It is when women reassert their relationship with the wildish nature, they are gifted with a permanent and internal watcher, a knower, visionary, oracle, inspiratrice, intuitive,creator, inventor, and a listener who guides and urges vibrant life in the inner and outer worlds. When women are close to this nature they remember that they are Wild and they are Free. ”

– Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés,  

We can connect to these rhythms through the 5 Elements.

We build a relationship with them with intention and awareness.

How do we interact with each element in our everyday lives?

Where do we feel each element within and without?

This project comprises 5 portraits, portraying women embodying each of the elements; fire, water, earth, air, and spirit. This project aims to empower and inspire all of us to remember that we are made up and a part of the natural world. When we strengthen our awareness of the energies within, we can begin to interact and create with the ones without.

Photographer: Raquel Natalicchio  www.raquelnatalicchio.com 

Models: Alia Kessem, Ieva Lee, Harmony Baker, Charlie 

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