I am super excited and honored that I am part of UPPERCASE mag issie #34- This issue is about exploring. UPPPERCASE is is SUPER diverse creative magazine,
I have spent years of personal work to shake off the hold of public opinion.
When I was a child Approval showed up as gold or silver stars - one, two, three and sometimes even 4! We still use the star metric to rate products or service as 1-2-3-4-5 Star.
Now, it’s a curious balance to look at my motivation. Why I am doing this? Do I do it to get gold star approval or because my heart and soul compel me to do so?
This past February, I was invited to Elephant Butte, NM for an Artist-in- Residency program. I went with the intention to do ‘something different.’ And different showed up! I created site-specific installations that expressed the energy of the place.
About a month ago, I had a dream where I saw myself ceremonially placing seed pods in a hole in a hilly open landscape. The seed pods contained prayers for healing the Planet.
June 21st is Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, when the Sun reaches its zenith. During this time, we rise to celebrate all the joy, Passion, and zest for life that Summer brings.
Throughout the seasons of the year, you have grown just like Nature. You have incubated, broken through, and sprouted. Now you are blooming — at the height of your heart’s joy.
157 days into my Drawing A Day project
Here are the drawings a day from the last four days.
• Feeling the pull of Heavenly Bodies.(TR)
• Healing for the Planet : human, critter, plant, water, air, soil... all of us. (TL)
• Love Mantra... all I can offer today is LOVE. 108 x10 prayers for love. (BL)
Talisman... I've carried this little paper heart around with me for about six years. Six years ago, I stomped paint around barefoot on a paper for days until I realized I was looking-acting out, self-hatred and shame.
It started with a dream of the complete piece.
And like any other dream, the details have dissolved, but the feeling, shape and concept remain.
In the dream I saw theses "seed" shapes in a hole in the ground, that is the same shape as the "seed" shapes. (seed-pod where not how I saw it in my dream, it is how my mind has learned to talk about them)
So I put up some paper and started to draw what I felt. Feeling and drawing. Then I tried to explore that shape in clay.
I'm always a bit sad when I sell a cherub, (painting).
This one, Spring, was the first one co-created with Land. I had stopped creating for a few years, and I remember that day clearly when I went out to meet Spring.
Magnolia sings her love song.... I borrowed a machine that allows Plants sing their song. As it played squirrels and birds came and stayed very close to the speakers! We all swooned to the love song!