“When we work with the tool of autobiographical self-expression, the private act of self-disclosure affords us the public luxury of privacy. Privacy differs from secrecy. It has little to do with hiding something and far more to do with protecting something-ourselves. What our privacy protects is not our dignity; that is inviolably ours as a soul. What our privacy protects is our Creative Child.
Whenever we self-disclose prematurely or inappropriately, we feel ourselves slip out of power and into victim status. Suddenly “they” (our listeners) “have something on us.” That something, the revelation we weren’t really ready to share, becomes something we are ashamed of having shared. Shame impacts creativity. It makes it difficult to create. Shame shuts us down, shuts us out, shuts us off.
What a Shame!”-Julia Cameron, The Vein of Gold
You have heard of the ocean of nonexistence. Try continually to give yourself to that ocean. Every workshop has its foundations set on that emptiness. The master of all masters works with nothing. The more such nothing comes into your work, the more the presence will be there. Dervishes gamble everything. They lose and win the other, the emptiness which animates this. We have talked so much. Remember what we have not said. And keep working. Laziness and disdain are not devotions. Your effort will bring a result.
As dawn lightens, blow out the candle. Dawn is in your eyes now.
“FOR CENTERING is my theme:. how we may seek to bring universe into a personal wholeness, and into act the rich life which moves so mysteriously an decisively in our bodies, manifesting in speech and gesture, materializing as force in the world the unifying energy in our perception.”-M.C. Richards
I don’t know who this nun is, I saw this pic today on social media
Rieko Koga “When I made this artwork ‘Future Diary’ in 2010 , I was really anxious about my future . That’s why I decided to make this work imagining my bright life and my future .
When I am depressed, l think about the past and always regret something. Sometimes I can’t go on , I stand there rooted . I even forget there is a big bright way in front of me . I don’t doubt there is a huge wall before me which keeps me from advancing. But there is nothing , everything is an illusion. If you are sad , if you have some problems in your heart , please remember this artwork . This is your future diary . Your future has limited possibility, you can make your future . If your diary runs short of space to write , you can patch another cloth to make it longer . If you want to change your thoughts , you can take it apart whenever you want . I think our future is like a white cloth , it spreads vastly in front of us” …
( artwork / Future Diary , hand embroidery on linen , 15m x 85 cm 2010 , exhibited at the Rijswijk textile biennial until September 24 )
The renunciation and the embrace is one thing I read about the artist, Agnes Martin.
Someone said to me today, my art teacher, from my photographs and What I’m doing, looks like I’ve found my artistic path.
The renunciation of companionship and the embrace of experience
The renunciation of time and the embrace of the task at hand
I’ve heard Leonara Carrington and Agnes Martin say not to intellectualize things, that they think nothing
It’s emotion, place, inspiration
Which really is intellectual.
It’s just personal.
That is what I think anyway, the idea that if it could be expressed in speaking or writing, why make visual
An artist makes visual work as the expression. What is behind it may or may not be what they want to express. It’s none of your business.
Your business is what you think or feel when you look at the work
And yes, it’s personal. Georgia O’Keefe said she painted how she saw the landscape, how she was trained to paint was not how she saw it, that was not her landscape.
“There’s no such thing as swivel leeks. I like the sound of swivel leeks.”2010
“Painting like this is somehow ineffable, unexpressive. If it were effable or expressable it would be literature & its ineffable , visual and I cant really talk about it & say ‘well it means this or it means that’ I make a painting and I like it or I don’t. I like these. That’s about what I have to say.”2010
“I’m not trying to picture something that exists. Its not a scenery or a person.”2016
“(my paintings) they are verbs not nouns.”
“My paintings don’t RE-Present anything. Its a thing in itself.”
“I like to get the spirit of whatever I’m seeing.” Sandra Wood
My body photograph and Helen Frankenthaler’s woodcut
My quilt and Puma Punku
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a portmanteau of happening and circumstance . It generally refers to a random event. The word has been in use since the 19th century
A portmanteau word fuses both the sounds and the meanings of its components, as in smog, coined by blending smoke and fog, or motel, from motor and hotel. In linguistics, a portmanteau is defined as a single morph that represents two or more morphemes.