Notes I and II on 9. 2014 D


Working on 7.2014.C (Guadalupana) today. Another day, blissfully still – weather 60’s/70’s with much rain for the next few days-a rich environment.

Thoughts of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and last nights local newscast. The idea of working in Colorado, red, rojo. That the basic goodness of this particular place allows for much manifestation, perhaps one of the reasons it was chosen by the Vidyadhara. All things can manifest here. Of course, if you attach to its beauty – its comfort – its conceptual characteristics, you run the risk of manifesting very little. Neurosis sets in – complaints, desires… one could say this about many places. Perhaps the Vidyadhara saw all that here – god realms, jealous god realms, hungry ghosts.., as he arrived he saw the youth of the 70’s in Boulder — a space capable of of great neurosis or not.

Colorado as liminal space.

A liminal space that has been Mexico, Aztlan, “indigina”, Ute, Arapaho, Navajo, Jicarilla Apache, Comanche and the list continues. All this crucial in understanding the space. Its history – its cellular structure. To feel this without concept of border.

Its silence and red earth. We ( my lineage ) who arrived to the eastern US in the early 1900’s – a drop of rain – a tear in hundreds of thousands of years of being in this particular space. The energy of the place speaks – at times still seeming untouched – undisturbed.

What incredible things can come from this environment of artificial/conceptual borders.

Colorado as concept. Colorado is a concept.

To live and make work in one of the most beautiful places on earth. And in the work the recognition of the human hand, the pulse, the heartbeat, the vulnerability, insecurity and confidence. The recognition of the recognition of neurosis, obsession, rhythm, discipline. As Martin says ” Stay above the line”.


Martin just wrote – she was not creating a treatise on contemplative studio practice. Though, ultimately, she may have done just that. And if that is the case, it seems toward the end of her life she had abolished all beliefs in her mind. Was this in itself a meditative act? When she states that giving up the idea of evolution and atomic theory was difficult, but that she did it – had she accomplished empty mind? Was there a practice? Or had it all become practice – which in essence, ultimately a contemplative studio practice should be – all of life and nothing of life. Everything around the studio practice as well as the practice itself and none of it.

The more information that surfaces on O’Keeffe points to a contemplative life also, from her daily practice of studying Asian poetry, Japanese prints and Sumi-e paintings when living at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico – to her pouring tea – and of course her early years with Dow. Her austere life environment. All pared-down. No interference. No static.

Then the work comes.





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