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The Silence and Sun in this House

Making a living.  Making art. I keep these separate in a mind of nondualistic thought. These two are not the same nor should they be. Selling work to those who love it….those making the personal investment. They are rare. We kid ourselves in this over inflated market. There is a place for all of us […]

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Witness. Nothing. Peace.

  How do we learn to be with ourselves? For many a frightening prospect. We are consumed by our own traumas large and small. We never resolve the anxiety of these moments, instead we swallow them continuously. Like many little pills that do not dissolve, they fill our bodies until we bloat. In great discomfort […]

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Postscript: Notes on 6 Lessons in Non-Attachment

Notes on 6 Lessons in Non-Attachment  September 25, 2016  Postscript: Thoughts for a September Panel Discussion at Anderson Ranch Arts Center Decode:  to decode is to convert from an encrypted form to plain text. Gómez-Peña talks about North Americans not understanding – having no concept- of metaphor. What he is pointing to is the inability […]

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Notes on 6 lessons in Non-Attachment

Notes on 6 lessons in Non-Attachment August 6. 2016   Thoughts for a September Panel Discussion at Anderson Ranch Arts Center When your teacher pushes you into the corner of truth. In this case it is important to understand the definition of transmission in the Buddhist tradition. An oral transmission occurs when a teacher is speaking to students. […]

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The unknown which is everything

I wake up thinking about the unknown which is everything. And, that at the most basic level we fill it -with food, drink, love, leisure activity, religion, violence, work, gossip, travel, numerous actions. We fill the unknown with all of our fear. Fear that we do not and cannot face. The moments of realizing our […]

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Duchamp, New York, The 21st Century and Chelsea

Duchamp, without a doubt, gave us our most brilliant theories on art and context.  What is of the utmost importance to remember is that these ideas include the maturity and quality of the work as well as the actual object itself. “Bad” work in the context of a “good” gallery can be pure unadulterated crap. […]

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Container

I am often asked about my process by those who view my work. One of the challenges the viewer perceives when they look at the work is that it is freehand. The work is a discipline and it is a metaphor as well. It is specific. It is honoring the container – a sacred space. It […]

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Ultimately

Ultimately is it all about our mind and our body. Everything comes from that – how we conduct ourselves, who we become, what we do, what we don’t do. How we treat ourselves. How we treat others – how we inhabit our bodies. Beyond that there is nothing. It is all nothing – which is […]

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An unconditional acceptance of life

This time of year my mind turns, intensely, to my students. They are on my mind the entire semester. However, at this time their fruition is immense. Though they do not necessarily feel it – it is very powerful to witness.  These are the moments that make every minute of teaching the greatest joy. Some […]

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A particular type of rest

A particular type of rest -a rhythm is setting in. I am going back to the studio to make work after being a slave to shows since December.  It is interesting how disruptive showing is. It is about the work; but you start making work that is not as much about the work as it […]

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