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Your Hunger Betrays You

August 2020 began my series Your Hunger Betrays You. The idea occurred spontaneously. Upon encountering someone as I was walking, I felt the sentence Your Hunger Betrays You arrive. I immediately returned to the studio to work with what lingered. Taking a paper bag out of the trash, I began. The pieces expand upon earlier […]

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Returning to the Mountain (II)

The painter and teacher Enrique Martinez Celaya, has said, understandably, that one does not let everything out of their studio. I believe this, particularly at a time of intense social media engagement by artists. We are moved to engage and that is good. However, there are times to “let work out” of the studio. That […]

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The Daily (I)

December 11. Morning, 6am. Winter dark. The light comes quickly. Cats watch the sunrise, I watch them watching. Tea. Ritual. Home studio is up and running. I plan my travel escape post pandemic. Mentally trekking the distance, locations of summer studios I plan to inhabit. In a constant space of sending out best thoughts for […]

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Generosity and Publishing (2)

During a long overdue dinner my mind was stopped by a very wise friend who recently read my post. “What if Suzuki never published?” she asked. I felt a shock go through my body. I was in a gap. Then a place of reasoning once my mind started again. Realizing – I had not thought […]

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Cleaning the Floor and Publishing

There is a thread here that it is about contentment. It is also about egolessness. It is my favorite part of day. I do not remember the last time I was able to enjoy it. 3:30-4:30ish, home; nowhere else physically or mentally. I note the position of the sun no matter the time of year […]

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“Art Doesn’t Give a Shit”

That “art doesn’t give a shit”, revealed by painter Larry Poons, is arguably the most profound utterance of this Century. The imbalance of the market is extreme, we all know that. The luck of the draw is prevalent. It is who you know. Much deeper than all of that nonsense; when the artist is still, […]

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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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