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No Pictures: writings on studio practice

Abandonment

In September I wrote about not writing or speaking publicly about my work for a year. More specifically what I was referring to was forms of abandonment. Abandoning complexities in a studio practice. The psychological and physical hoops that one puts themselves through to make work. Most, if not all, are of our own making. […]

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Regarding the Rules – To stop talking or writing about the work

Among the rules of our game is talking and writing about our work exhaustively.  Proposals, exhibitions, talks, interviews, articles, the list goes on. It is an expectation of the field. Then there are historians, critics, theorists, who are writing as well. That is their role in the field – a form of translation. The practice […]

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The Same Mind

I looked at the work I was making and felt the need to sit down with my journal for a discussion about what was happening. The journal holds many spontaneous thoughts that at times become posts for my website.  I wrote: As you can imagine the new work is responded to with; “Well, it is […]

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Freedom (not a post about politics)

5am, tea-water boiling, cats up. I am on sesshin time. As the water boils, I think about our need to make decisions about how we will live our lives. Some people never do make those decisions. Others are deliberate. My guess is that many – most- are not deliberate. They move through life – no […]

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What Takes You Away from the Electric Blue of the Morning?

All of the minutes that pass while we think nothing is changing. Crickets, season after season, in a particular temperature make themselves heard. Months pass until the last cricket sounds and then it, he, she, they are gone. Perhaps the sound I love most here – that and thunder, rain and wind. The power of […]

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To Identify an Aesthetic Sanity

So many things do not need to be said, to be examined, discussed – or attached to. Many spend their days gripped in verbal and mental discussions that are about everything outside of the self.  This is a way of demanding attention. To focus on this moment and what can be done – what is […]

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The art of scandal

Revolutionary works of art are no strangers to scandal; this applies also to the makers of the work. Though the work and the artist are not the same thing –many have a difficulty separating the two especially if they are unable to understand and discuss aesthetics or art criticism. Art criticism in various forms dates […]

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On teaching

Teaching has nothing to do with me. It is about the student. My job is to remove obstacles. Some students do not encounter obstacles. If they do – if they get stuck- only then do I step in. At the moment I step in, the student must be unable to move forward. Most often their […]

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The trade-off

A quiet morning at the house. A small storm over Storm (the name of the mountain) across the valley. Cats munching breakfast, tea cooling. The wind blows in small, spring, storm gusts. I ponder, again, the trade-off. The trade-off of not having a college administrator’s life and instead having the life of an adjunct who […]

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The change in climate

Warmer weather has rolled in. The sky is orange, then coral, then pink. Ponderosa pines sway in the shifting wind and hold all of the answers. I am thinking about my drawings and realize with each series I care less about the thoughts of the audience.  Not a lack of respect – but instead an […]

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