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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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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 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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