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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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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 practice of being human

As I walk into the studio, bend down to take off my winter boots, place them specifically at the entrance – as if walking into sacred space; I sense the phrase practice of being human. This work, my work, is a contemplative studio practice that is about the meta cognitive aspects of being human; an investigation […]

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another approach to looking at the work

It is dry on the mountain. More so than i remember – for quite some time. It is an extreme. Too much of one thing- out of balance.  And the work i am making is about less. As a colleague of mine said the other day, sometimes they think they would like to retreat to […]

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the new discussions surrounding Agnes Martin

We are in the advent of new scholarship on Agnes Martin; inclusive of some superior re-contextualizing of her work. Among the things to consider in this wake is a new type of model for women artists. Many thought they understood Martin. Pretty straight forward, in fact, there was nothing there really. Well, we instinctively knew […]

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now

The most succinct expression of thoughts on the parts of a whole; the interconnectedness of everything. Of the formal properties of art making.  Drawing as an end; in and of itself. The body that propels energy into the making of a line and the betrayal of the body by that line.  The body’s balance. Its […]

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Orphaned

  Talking is highly overrated; at times, even unnatural. Many people fill the space they are frightened by with their own words. Interjecting themselves into places in which they do not belong. Other sentients go about their days in relative quietude. There are moments of exchange – even chatter for some, but we as human, […]

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Where the work rests

To be precise in process. One painting a week would be 52 pieces a year. Brilliant, Gómez Peña said in one of his talks (i paraphrase here) that the role of the artist is to explore the darkest corners of human existence. Robert Longo (paraphrasing here as well) said that the artist’s work is about […]

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