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Reflecting on Art as it Reflects Us.

Reflecting on Art as it Reflects Us.

“Art is a mirror to nature.”  ShakespeareHouse in the Woods 1989“Art is not a mirror held up to realitybut a hammer with which to shape it.”  Bertolt BrechtThe Gulf Stream 1995“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And...

Cartography of the Unseen World

Cartography of the Unseen World

I woke up this morning thinking two things.  1. I really should start working on an artist’s statement for “I Am Usha.”2. I am at an age where many people have reached the top of their field.And then, as I so often like to do, I completely deconstructed both of...

Night Vision

Night Vision

In the earliest hours of morning our thoughts connect  two worlds.  Dreams open doors into a fluid world. In daylight the thick shell of the world hides from us from the truth we seek. We forget the stars are still there. This is my story of remembering.  It is one of...

Manifesto of a Solitary Artist in the Age of Unenlightenment

A Confession, a Conclusion, a Manifesto….Otherwise titled, Five Years in the Journey of a Artist in the Age of UnenlightenmentOtherwise titled… Onward!Five years ago I sat a table with a small group of friends and revealed to them my decision to step away from the...

The Holes in the Fabric of Forgetting

Ancestry Cloth is an esoteric act, a symbolic act, a metaphor for the immigrant, for the nomad, for the wanderer.  It is a daily meditation, weaving together a forgetful monochromatic present with the colors and patterns just beyond memory. When I'm cutting and...

The Tiger and the Swan

Authors note: I wrote and illustrated this story over 15 years ago. I never really did anything with it except to send it to one publisher and read it to the Quaker Friends Sunday School, and to my elementary students in Washburn, WI.  Some recent events made me...