I’ve been a visual artist since before I dared admit it!
It took a while to realize. I’d been to Boat School before returning to college to study painting.
I’ve had wonderful teachers:
I was in the first year of this program.*
Its format was unique at the time.
A multidisciplinary approach: painters, sculptors, writers, poets, film-makers and musicians meet daily. Critiques were program wide. All students and faculty gathered each evening. The program lasted three summer sessions with two long winters of independent work instead of two quick years and out.
Those long independent sessions of studio work had us hungry for community each spring. A good preparation for the long haul.
Art matures in isolation.
Artists need community.
We experienced both.
Craft is the realm in which we connect our values with the necessities of living.
Working as part of a team I was involved in developing an avionics suite for general aviation.
Art and Craft both deal with meaning.
In Art we grapple with questions of meaning.
In Craft we grapple with our limitations.
In Communion we integrate what we’ve found.
Integrate our human community within the greater community of all life.
Engaging with Community we discover purpose.
Sharing creative work drives what I do.
Our Communion places us in relation with the sacred.
A series of Conversations:
These three dialogues with my friend and colleague, Jeppe Dyrendom Graugaard were recorded in Ry, Denmark in the Autumn of 2016.
Attention to perception and creativity is at the heart of what I do.
Complexity cannot be reduced to any given certainty.
Colleagues have had this to say:
…you’ve focused on how even promising responses to our converging predicaments become mired in the internalized power/coercion dynamics which produced them in the first place.
Orwell said, ‘To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.’
…seeing requires patience and a willingness to question oneself as well as the other. …to say it as you see it, …finding language both poetic and precise enough to do the insight justice.
I think of you as …one who works …diligently in both struggles….
…blessed to live on a small island…, perfecting a craft, influenced by nature, living one tide at a time.
You endeavour to stay present, to persist, and stumble, and persist some more, and never sell your insights short, and persist still where most would give up; because there is always another fold in an idea…
…you are willing to go the distance to unfold, winding this way and that as the sea and the wind do.
i have found in your writing an exploration of the edges of ‘everyday’ thoughts and ideas… an extraordinary ability to ‘come back’ with a description that showed me how there are multiple ways of seeing….
…which has more than once been a matter of resolving my own feeling of being stuck….
What you are is a teacher.
Learning is central:
Teaching and learning in reciprocity
Entering these practices as a way of life.
Let’s work together to build practices, strengthen dialogue, and discover and develop community.
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