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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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I used to write about silence

I do not remember if it has been three or four years since I stepped back into the world of arts administration in addition to teaching. Now, the fall semester has ended and I will enter one more spring session in that particular role – then back to life as an adjunct. I already feel […]

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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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