Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hand Work

returning time and time again to the term HAND WORK

a word that suggest a tactile, haptic sense of making and experiencing art that no longer privledges the visible and cerebral.

process based
non narrative
profoundly tactile
fundamentally experimental

(Paul Schimmel and Jenni Sorkin,
Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1937-2016) )

Monday, August 14, 2017

back home

I am just going to write down things to do.

Courage is an important factor in any creative effort.  (Anni Albers)

The piece I've been stitching since the middle of July is so beautiful, heavy.
3 more big hoops to fill with stitch before I can really evaluate it.

The stitching empowers it.  Each big hoop is 3-4 hours.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


The artist has to tell what it is like to be alive.

(James Baldwin)

Monday, July 24, 2017

How do you not go mad?

The woman stood in front of the tree before she went mad.

She wrote a book and then she went mad.

How do you go mad?

How do you not go mad?

from The principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman

Saturday, July 15, 2017


In Plato's Symposium, Aristophanes spoke about how human beings were originally round, perfect spheres - and were exceedingly happy.  And ambitious.  They thought they could roll up to Olympus!
So Zeus chopped each of them in two.

The result is that everyone must go through life in search of the other person to round him or her out.

learned by reading Anne Carson's book Eros the Bittersweet

Monday, June 19, 2017


my wounded softened heart

a feeling of tenderness tinged with some sadness

in the process of finding this, the journey goes down, not up.

moving toward the suffering and doubt...sliding into it...tip toe-ing into it.

exploring the reality of insecurity and pain....trying not to push it away.

moving down and down and down.

with me are millions of others, awakening from fear.

At the bottom is water.

Healing water of bodhichitta,...the love that will not die.

still reading Pema Chodron and am still healing

Saturday, June 17, 2017


The decision came to me to put these pieces together - make a second show.
Drop 'close ur eyes' from my David Kaye work - and put it with the canvas Ralli piece and the pinwheel madder square in square luminous path piece.  Also my Amish mirror diamond in square, and the red damsak with burnt holes.

I have so many pieces that are nearly done -

These ones make emotional sense to me as a group.

Maitri means loving kindness (pema)