Knotty by Nature

photo of a black woman standing back to back with a smaller asian woman. They have streaks of white paint on their hands and bodies as they stand outside in the desert.

KNOTTY BY NATURE (2019, United States, 5 min)

Explore feminine earthenbody initiations in the wilds of the New Mexico desert. Through the beauty of Shibari bondage, reclaim the power of pleasure and consent.

Director Biography – Mellissae Lucia

Mellissae Lucia is a visionary artist and adventurer who has spent over two decades immersed in cross-cultural divination, ancestor honoring, indigenous dream-work, and archetypal psychology.

Her award-winning Oracle of Initiation deck was created during a seven-year quest after the death of her husband as she descended alone and nude into subterranean graffiti tunnels in New Mexico, stepping between the worlds. While ritualistically painted and adorned, she crafted this tool for embodying your own sovereign, earthen power in these fierce and fluid times.

She has presented at LETS: Land of Enchantment Tarot Symposium; The Women of Wisdom Conference; The Northwest Tarot Symposium; Readers Studio Tarot & Psychology Conference; The Palm Springs Art Museum; The Museum of Photographic Arts; and Camp Souldust. February 2019 she will be the Keynote Speaker at The North Star Tarot Conference in Minnesota.