Barbara Bickel


"In aesthetical working-through the artist transforms time and space of an encounterevent into matrixial screen and gaze, and offers the other via com-passionate hospitality an occasion for fascinance." -- Bracha L. Ettinger,                                                           

I understand and experience art making to be a co-relational and performative ritual act. My art and inquiry projects to date have focused on socially-engaged art as public pedagogy, collaboration, and restorative and transformative learning. I have a particular interest in how embodied relationships with others, the environment and our selves, are represented, performed and understood in society. In many of these projects, I have worked with artists from diverse disciplines (i.e. dance, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, music), and with community members of all ages.


The past, present and future of my artworkings are devoted to understanding art and writing as an embodiment of sharable co-encounter events that hold possibilities for individual, cultural, ancestral and environmental re-attunement, critical inquiry, healing and transformation.  

Barbara Bickel, 2024                                            


Exhibitions, Screenings & Books

Muted Colours of Grief

April 12 2023 at 4pm PST

Film Screening & Discussion
with creator Barbara Bickel & soundtrack creator Richard Bickel

Hosted by Apocatastasis Institute

BOOK LAUNCH April 3 2023 at 1pm PST

Join co-authors Barbara Bickel and R. Michael Fisher with Foreword writer Bracha L. Ettinger and Afterword writer Geraldine Burke in conversation regarding the 2023 released bok Art-Care Practices for Restoring the Communal: Education, Co-Inquiry & Healing

View Recording


New 2023 Book

Art-Care Practices for Restoring the Communal: Education, Co-Inquiry and Healing

Co-authored by Barbara Bickel & R. Michael Fisher

Published by Routledge

Avian Ancestress at foot of spruce tree

        the tenacity     of



      ones’ knees


     attendance to


Performative ritual enactment with raw clay figurine as part of a Creation Research project. Barbara Bickel, photograph fall 2020

On-Going Artworkings

   Art, Ritual and Trance Inquiry Book Blog

   a place for sharing events, conversations and teachings based
   on the book

   Parallel Recordings

   with R. Michael Fisher

  Studio M*

   a research creation lab intersecting arts, culture & healing

   with R. Michael Fisher

   Ma Poses

   with the Gestare Art Collective 2015


   a community-engaged art project with the Gestare
Collective 2011-

  Nomadic Inquiry Blog

   Explorations of art, place and relationality  2015-2019


                                                                                            Metramorphosis Book
                                                                                              Ongoing since 2011

   Skin of the Earth 2015 - in progress 

  Oracular Re-Encounters 

Arts-Based Residencies/Labs 2013- 

Gestare Art Collective 2010-     

              Ancestral Journeys


          Oracular Co-Encounter

Womb Walks

Wit(h)nessing Eyes Close(d)


              Tracing Absence
            Sounding Presence


                     PhD Art

                      MA Art

                     Early Art

   Student's Art 2010- 

Copyright Barbara Bickel 2018