Unus Mundus is latin for “one world”, but the story behind the phrase stretches much further then its translation. It was popularized by Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, and it is the concept of an underlying unified reality, from which everything emerges and to which everything returns. This concept directly relates to what Jung coined as, synchronicity or ¨meaningful coincidence¨, the Unus Mundus is the source from which the power of synchronicity is born.
I believe in the transformative power of creative collaboration
To bridge division and grow connection through shared experience
By creating art and providing a platform for the world’s artisans to share their craft and story
I seek to synchronize art, travel, and exchange through my adventure
So I can help tell the greater narrative of our one world
My name is Chelsea Southard. I drew the map of my dream adventure in fall of 2015 after my second solo cross country motorcycle trip in America. Over the next three years I planned and saved for the journey while developing my own work as an artist and working as the CTO and metal fabricator at an art production company in San Francisco, California. In Summer 2018 the time came to bring this dream to life. After selling everything, I packed my motorcycle with all I had left and set my compass south.
Unus Mundus Project grew from my desire to continue creating while at the same time moving though the world, you can take an artist out of their studio but then they must find a way to make the world their studio. This journey is not simply a travel excursion, it is a lifestyle from which I plan to build the foundation for the rest of my life.
I wanted to put the skills I has been sharpening over the years to use, to forge friendships, community and sculpt a worldwide network of creators in the effort to create under common cause.
I traveled 10,000 miles through Mexico to Guatemala on my motorcycle before arriving at Lake Atitlan in December 2018. There I worked at Cosmic Convergence festival for a month and had my first Temazcal Ceremony, not too long after that I hiked Acatenango solo and stayed on the Volcano for three days to observe the Lunar Eclipse. Through these experiences, along with the long road getting there, I was profoundly changed. And so I created from it.
Given the opportunity to build some big art outside of Antigua, in the mountains of El Hato, I took it. From the memories of these transformative experiences, I designed Vaho, a sculptural Temazcal of cement, metal and glass. This is my first international large scale art installation and also my first permanent architectural work that uses cement to such extent.
Vaho sits overlooking Volcan de Agua, Fuego and Acatenango and was built with an intimate crew of Guatemalans from El Hato who taught me how to build with cement. Through the construction of this piece, I also built my own glassblowing studio at Valhalla Macadamia Farm outside of Antigua, an opportunity that was born from a connection I made while I was on Acatenango.
The project will be done by the end of 2019 and I will move onto other projects south of Guatemala.
Let us draw from the Unus Mundus to synchronize and become far greater that what we are alone.