Category Archives: Issues of Culture

Some background for the museum box artifacts

It is my practice to journal a lot at the beginning of a body of work. It helps gather the disparate threads that have been coming gradually into awareness and begin to load these into images. As the body of … Continue reading

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Spring, Emergence and Drawing

Art has a lot to do with the energies of ascent and descent as I have written ( Circulatsio, Ascent and Descent ). These divergent movements create an image of the metaphorical earth below and heavens above, leaving some kind … Continue reading

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Dilemma Tales and Art

A dilemma tale is a particular kind of story with roots in a variety of tribal cultures. It sets up a situation in which the arc of the story is incomplete and the hearers are faced with a choice that … Continue reading

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Artist and Audience 1

Recently, Scott Simon interviewed author Anita Desai in relation to her collection of 3 novellas entitled The Artist of Disappearance. At the end of the interview Simon asks Desai about audience: SIMON: Well, for me this story raised the question: … Continue reading

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Edges and Boundaries

I am interested in edges, a reasonable pursuit for a painter. I look at different painters and how they handle the edges of forms. Some make edges that are crisp and clear, others that are soft but simple, others make … Continue reading

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Frustration

  I think our culture is stuck. I think the frustration I feel, that it seems so many feel with the logjam in Washington right now is just the obvious emergence of a broader frustration that permeates our whole culture. … Continue reading

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On Voice

My undergraduate college’s motto was “a voice crying in the wilderness,” which suggests an inauspicious truth for starting a blog. But it strikes me that having a Voice of any kind is a good thing. The artist statement I wrote … Continue reading

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