Sunday, November 29, 2009
Each projects to life-size via a projector. I hope to have 26 of these, each one standing for a letter. As I was working today I jotted the following notes on the symbols meaning:
It is about having these motherly (loving) relationships with everyone: giving support and being supported. -
-so what kind of environment would support this kind of interaction?
-for example: what song brings you comfort? what sounds in general? what smells?
-can you make a gesture of support? that would support another?
-can you make a gesture of being supported?
(It does not have to be in the physical, figurative realm. How else might this interaction manifest? Can the projection somehow include the viewer's body?)
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
It's quiet, slow, pleasant, drawn out horn
I'm imagining Washington's coast but I can be anywhere, nowhere
(mothering is/as a landscape, no one owns it.)
Monday, November 23, 2009
I also have a large commission for January in Santa Cruz - my first in 2010. Seems like a very promising start to the New Year.
Morse code translation of Ingrid De Kok's poem Women and Children First
Women and Children First
It’s always been so.
This makes it worse.
Women and children first.
First to be hurt
Last to be nursed.
It’s always been so.
When rumour stalks
First to be cursed.
Turned out, inside out.
Only safe in the hearse.
Women and children first.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
The goat is a symbol of practical wisdom and an emblem of a man who wins victories through diplomatic means, rather than by force. It may also represent one who is willing to work hard for high honors. The goat was associated with Christ, since both were partial to high places and had sharp eyes. A man bearing this symbol was thought to have God on his side. The goat is a symbol that is often found in armory. It can be in the positions of passant (walking), statant (standing), salient (springing) or rampant (in the fighting position).
A bull in a coat of arms, on a crest or a shield, represents valor and magnanimity, bravery and generosity. The horns represent strength and fortitude and a winged bull is the symbol traditionally associated with St. Luke. Oxen, and cows also appear on some crests and arms, although rarely and more often as a pun on a names such as Oxford or the town of Cowbridge. Calves are more common. The calf is an ancient heraldic symbol traditionally associated with the characteristics of patience, submissiveness and self-sacrifice.
Cow- Theosophy Dictionary on Cow
The ancients employed certain animals as symbols to convey specific aspects of philosophical and religious teachings to the multitude, and "the cow-symbol is one of the grandest and most philosophical among all others in its inner meaning" (SD 2:470).
Generally, the cow represents the fructifying power in nature -- the Divine Mother or feminine principle. Among the Scandinavians that which first appeared at the birth of the universe was the divine cosmic cow, Audhumla, from whom flowed four streams of milk, providing sustenance to all the beings that followed.
Among the Greeks the founding of a new race was associated with the cow -- as instances, Io and Europa. In Egypt the goddesses representing the aspect of the Universal Mother are associated with cow symbols, principally Hathor and Isis. In India the cow symbol is reverenced: Kamaduh or Surabhi (the cow of plenty) represents the nourishing and sustaining vital and productive principle in nature. The goddesses of lunar type are found to be connected in symbology with the cow.
"The cow was in every country the symbol of the passive generative power of nature, Isis, Vach, Venus -- the mother of the prolific god of love, Cupid, but, at the same time, that of the Logos whose symbol became with the Egyptians and the Indians -- the bull -- as testified to by Apis and the Hindu bulls in the most ancient temples. In esoteric philosophy the cow is the symbol of creative nature, and the Bull (her calf) the spirit which vivifies her, or 'the Holy Spirit' " (SD 2:418n).
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
"If one understands the nature of our consciousness, then the particular endeavor of the "me" that suffers then becomes something global, and a totally different activity will take place." -Krishnamurti
My work explores the relationship between meditative practice and everyday actions in order to transform personal experience into more universal empathy. By considering both as dynamic aspects of the same form rather than as binary opposites, I attempt to facilitate contemplative space within the context of the everyday.
My visual choices are largely drawn from personal experiences, and yet invite the viewer to bring their own histories to each piece. I employ a limited palette that points to the collective rather than using a wider array of color in the Modernist tradition that would point to me as an Individual Artist.This is aligned with the work of Antoni Tapies, Anselm Kiefer, and Joseph Beuys who also describe universal vulnerability and the fragility of the human psyche.
I attempt to illuminate these frozen moments - a collapsing altar, burned down piers, domestic items in suspension (of disbelief), abstracted psychological spaces - to imply the presence of absence and speak about tragedy and loss with compassion and grace.
Images (first four of eight):
Images (second four of eight):