Artist in Residence: Paige Barnes with Mya Kerner


a mountain’s pulse is an interdisciplinary project directed by Paige Barnes in collaboration with visual artist Mya Kerner that illuminates the connection between body and earth, linking the story of a person's pulse with that of a mountain. The project continues Paige’s dance research, which combines the acupuncture pulse listening method and Mya’s explorations of the landscape. 

While studying Chinese medicine at Bastyr University, pulse listening inspired Paige to develop a new dance practice. In 2017, she began explorations on the intersection of pulse and art during an Olympic Sculpture Park residency. Paige aims to develop this practice by incorporating digital media and sculpture through a series of residencies and performances over the next two years, each focusing on a different aspect of research. 

The first residency of the series is being held at 10degrees from July - September, 2018. There, research focuses on a collaboration between pulse, sculpture, and dance. Guests are being invited to have their radial pulses listened to. Paige responds with an improvised dance while Mya responds to her by bending wire, a metaphor of a person’s internal landscape. These wire sketches and pulse dances will serve as the raw material for a future large scale dance at the base of a fabricated mountain. 

To conclude the residency, Paige and Mya will hold a performance at 10degrees at 7pm on September 24th. This is free and open to the public. If you'd like to attend, please contact Paige to RSVP.

For more info about a mountain's pulse, follow the project on Instagram or Vimeo.

PAIGE BARNES is a movement artist and Chinese medicine practitioner. Born in Alabama, raised in St. Louis, MO, Paige moved to Washington to attend college in 1994. Her coursework in women’s studies, dance, geography and Spanish led her to Ecuador. There, she met choreographer Pablo Cornejo and began to train and perform internationally. After returning, she received a BA in Dance from the University of Washington in 1999, formed a dance company with Pablo and co-founded Open Flight Studio in 2003. Expanding her education, in 2001 Paige became a certified practitioner of the GYROTONIC® method, training under Magali Messac. After fifteen years of dance making, teaching, and performing, Paige wanted a deeper understanding of the body’s energetic and healing capabilities. In 2016 she received an MS in East Asian Medicine from Bastyr University. Now, Paige works towards merging her practices in art and energetic medicine. For more information see Paige's website:

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, MYA KERNER is a multidisciplinary artist based in Seattle, WA. Her work is an exploratory continuation of her family’s lineage of Eastern European foresters. In 2011, Mya received a BFA in Interdisciplinary Sculpture and Environmental Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. From 2012 to 2014, she worked primarily in cast iron sculpture, living nomadically, and periodically working for her family’s landscaping company. After moving to Seattle in 2015, she completed a Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design at Bastyr University, and now maintains a small garden design business alongside her full-time studio practice. From her ancestral history, permaculture studies, and ecological concerns, Mya investigates the concept of humans as stewards of the earth. Her work oscillates between two- and three-dimensions, investigating materiality, tradition, and mythology through depictions of the landscape. For more information see Mya's website: