Thursday, 3 August 2017

John Opera

John Opera, Cyanotypes

blue is the light that got lost

"The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scattered light, the purer the water the deeper the blue. The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance. This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue.

For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of there seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go. For the blue is not in the place those miles away at the horizon, but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains.

Blue is the color of longing for the distances you never arrive in, for the blue world."
-- Rebecca Solnit  A Field Guide to Getting Lost

push me pull you

Anna Hepler: PUSH ME PULL YOU from Visual Arts Center of Richmond on Vimeo.

Anna Hepler

Anna Hepler, Cyanotypes

Monday, 22 May 2017


"there will be fear. a lot of it. there will be triumph. a lot of it. there will be constellations you want to reach for but can’t put your finger on. you will trace them like the scars on your body you got from trouble and the times of your life. you will take the long way to get to these Orions. the long way will become a theme in your life, but a journey you learn to love...."

this letter reads like song it in full here.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

life makes shapes

"Life makes shapes. Life is a natural, evolutionary process in which series of shapes are continually forming. These shapes are part of an organizing process that embodies emotions, thoughts, and experiences into structure. This structure, in turn, orders the events of existence. Each person?s shape is his embodiment in the world. We are the body we inherit, the one that lives us, and a personal body, the one we live and shape through voluntary effort. We are citizens of two worlds, rooted in the animate, immortal and timeless. Molecules and cells organize into clusters, which further organize as layers, tubes, tunnels and pouches. These give structure to liquid life and set the stage for embodied human consciousness. Through the act of living, a personal human shape grows, one that is changed by the challenges and stresses of life."

-- Stanley Keleman

I Lie

Friday, 21 April 2017

it’s necessary to talk about trees


There’s a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.

I’ve walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don’t be fooled
this isn’t a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.

I won’t tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light —
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.

And I won’t tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it’s necessary
to talk about trees.
Adrienne Rich

Thursday, 20 April 2017

picasso pots

Holding Space for Not Knowing

"In today’s episode we're talking about holding space for not knowing. Why are we- culturally- people who think we need to know things? There is an underlying assumption that we can know definitive capital T truths- and we want bedrock answers. We want to avoid the feeling of groundlessness that comes with not definitively knowing things. The trouble with that is that we look outside of ourselves for prescriptions of how to live, and we create a society where the stronger your opinion the more right you must be. We wind up without space for sourcing our own answers, or for differing viewpoints, or for the experience of evolving understandings that can shift over time and be alive in their unfolding... so let’s delight in some groundlessness today!"

Ep 32: Holding Space for Not Knowing

click above for a beautiful episode of Bliss and Grit

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Emma Amos

love everything about these.
Painter: Emma Amos

there are only relationships

"The body is not like a machine, an assembly of various parts put together to create a greater whole, and we must stop thinking of ourselves like that.

We are organisms that evolved in complex ecosystems, with layers of interdependence. There are no units that act alone or have any sense autonomy - there are only relationships."
- Peter Blackaby 

Friday, 31 March 2017

A Pang is more conspicuous in Spring
In contrast with the things that sing
Not Birds entirely – but Minds –
And Winds – Minute Effulgencies
When what they sung for is undone
Who cares about a Blue Bird's Tune –
Why, Resurrection had to wait
Till they had moved a Stone –

Emily Dickinson, ca. 1881. Amherst College Archives & Special Collections, via The Morgan Library.

Cyril Edward Power

folk dance lino cuts by Cyril Edward Power

Folk Dance

1. Ball de bastons – Weapon dance from Spain and Portugal
2. Bluegrass Clogging
3. English Clogging - The Unthanks
4&5. Irish Step Dance
6. Georgian folk dances – Including dances Kartuli, Khorumi, Acharuli, Partsa, Kazbeguri, Khevsuruli

“Sometimes in life confusion tends to arise and only dialogue of dance seems to make sense.”

― Shah Asad Rizvi

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

trisha brown

Do my movement and my thinking have an intimate connection? First of all, I don’t think my body doesn’t think.

— Trisha Brown

As I walk through
This wicked world
Searchin' for light in the darkness of insanity.
I ask myself
Is all hope lost?
Is there only pain and hatred, and misery?
And each time I feel like this inside,
There's one thing I want to know:
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding? 
And as I walked on
Through troubled times
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes
So where are the strong
And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?
Sweet harmony.
'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away, just makes me want to cry.
What's so funny 'bout peace love & understanding?

 Lyrics by Nick Lowe

Monday, 6 March 2017

pegge hopper

beauty comes first

"It is evident that a child will learn a piece of music more quickly where there is melody, rather than an exercise in which only technique is required. Therefore beauty comes first.  In the same way, yoga will be accepted by the body when it is done without resistance. The wave along the spine is like the melody in music. When the beautiful flow of extension is in action, this wave (felt along with the magical attraction of gravity) will help the body find the right adjustment in the performance of the various movements."

--Vanda Scaravelli


Dr. Bigelow: What can I do for you?
Louie: Uh, well, I hurt my back today really bad. Uh. Can you help me with my back? I mean...
Dr. Bigelow: What's wrong with your back?
Louie: It hurts.
Dr. Bigelow: My professional diagnosis is your back hurts.
Louie: Well, what can I do about it?
Dr. Bigelow: Nothing.
Louie: Nothing?
Dr. Bigelow: The problem is you're using it wrong. The back isn't done evolving yet. You see, the spine is a row of vertebrae. It was designed to be horizontal. Then people came along and used it vertical. Wasn't meant for that. So the disks get all floppy, swollen. Pop out left, pop out right. It'll take another. I'd say 20,000 years to get straightened out. Till then, it's going to keep hurting.
Louie: So that's it?
Dr. Bigelow: It's an engineering design problem. It's a misallocation. We were given a clothesline and we're using it as a flagpole.
Louie: So what should I do?
Dr. Bigelow: Use your back as it was intended. Walk around on your hands and feet. Or accept the fact that your back is going to hurt sometimes. Be very grateful for the moments that it doesn't. Every second spent without back pain is a lucky second. String enough of those lucky seconds together, you have a lucky minute.
Louie: Okay.
Dr. Bigelow: Come see me when you have something fun like a blood disease. That's what I went to school for.

HA! This again via Mrs Rebecca Ketchum cus it make me giggle...

it's always been yours

Thursday, 2 March 2017


Hiroshi Sugimoto

dancing like the sea

Alessandra Ferri and Frederico Bonelli rehearsing Wayne McGregors' 'Woolf Works'

'Life is not a series of gig-lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end… the proper stuff of fiction is a little other than custom would have us believe it.’ 

– Virginia Woolf, Modern Fiction

part sun and moon

“Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them. Everybody has a little bit of man, woman, and animal in them. Darks and lights in them. Everyone is part of a connected cosmic system. Part earth and sea, wind and fire, with some salt and dust swimming in them. We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong and always right. No one. No one exists without polarities. Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them."

From Part Sun and Moon by Suzy Kassem

Vija Clemins

"Celmins draws what she sees, plain and simple, and in so doing has made works that are neither plain nor simple. These vistas onto the natural world continue to fascinate. The magic of light on surface and that curious alchemy that can be achieved with the deftness of touch, restraint and the patience to follow through to a very beautiful end."

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

'an elegy for the arctic'

Ludovico Einaudi ... performed one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the middle of the Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway).
Greenpeace organised the performance to call attention to the fragility of the Arctic, in hopes of influencing OSPAR, an international consortium tasked with protecting the Northeast Atlantic ocean.

Discovered thanks to Vox, via evencleveland, where David Roberts' called it 'an elegy for everything.'

'anything can happen'

Anything can happen, the tallest towers 
Be overturned, those in high places daunted,
Those overlooked regarded.

Seamus Heaney, from 'Anything Can Happen.'
(via evencleveland)

Thursday, 26 January 2017

to the women in my life

Actioning Actionable Actions

14 actionable actions from Got A Girl Crush.
  1. BE CONSISTENT AND ACTIVE. One march is not enough. The organizers from the Women's March have started 10 Actions / 100 DaysIndivisble has also published a practical and comprehensive guide to resisting the Trump agenda.
  2. CHECK IN with your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers who may be having a hard time. We need to support each other.
  3. That said, DON'T GET COMPLACENT. Taking breaks from social media and the news is healthy and PLEASE take care of yourself--but don't get discouraged or fatigued. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Ask for help from those you are closest to and trust.
  4. ADD YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO YOUR SPEED DIAL. Find your Senate and House representatives. Add Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in there too, for good measure. Call them. Call them often. CREDO has also made a great platform to email/call Senators that are vital in the confirmations of Trump's cabinet.
    Still not getting through? Email or write them a postcard!
  5. STAY ON TOP OF & SUPPORT THE NEWS. It is overwhelming and it is tiring, but it's important to stay informed (and have purpose to call your Reps -- see #4). Get a subscription to reputable news sources like The New York Times or The Washington Post who are doing real and accountable journalism and who are under attack by the new administration. Donate to independent media like Democracy Now! who goes where the silence is.
    Hold these news organizations accountable to report FACTS  (there isn't such thing as "alternate facts"!) and to challenge politicians when they are lying or making claims without proof to back them up.
  6. DONATE (ACLUPlanned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, The Audre Lorde ProjectNational Organization for Women, and local organizations need our help the most). Here's a list of more deserving orgs compiled by Jezebel.
  7. VOLUNTEER! 2 Hours a Week is a community fostering a new level of civic engagement following the election by offering you 2 hours a week of tangible action. 
  8. GET INVOLVED LOCALLY: block associations, community boards, city council meetings, school boards. Talk to local officials. Change starts from the bottom. Swing Left helps you find and commit to supporting progressives in your closest Swing District so that you can help ensure we take back the House in 2018.
    Check out the Democratic Socialists of America who are working to decrease the influence of money in politics, empower ordinary people in workplaces and the economy, and restructure gender and cultural relationships to be more equitable!
  9. RUN FOR OFFICE! Let's change the government from being full of old rich white dudes and being more REPRESENTATIVE of our country. Websites like She Should Run and Brand New Congress are great resources to figure out how to get involved in a local, state, or national level.
  10. KEEP MARCHING/PROTESTING! Stay visible and show up for others in solidarity. LGBTQIA+, Black Lives Matters, Standing Rock, the environment--all of these are intersectional to feminism. 
  11. ADVOCATE for people of color, for trans people, for sex workers, for queer people, for immigrants. Reposting on Facebook and safety pins aren't enough--be an ally with your actions and your words. White silence = violence.
  12. EDUCATE! Get off your smartphone and pick up a book! Start a book club to help navigate what you're reading.
    Some suggested reading on intersectionality: Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks, Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis, Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks, Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings by Alma M. Garcia, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Living For Change by Grace Lee Boggs, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde, Methodology of the Oppressed by Chela Sandoval, Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine, Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit, Trainwreck by Sady Doyle, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimanada Ngozi Adichie. But there are SO MANY MORE, TOO!
  13. BOYCOTT companies that support Trump or carry any Trump family products. Money talks! #GrabYourWallet is a great resource as well as the free Boycott Trump app.
  14. VOTE! Are your registered? Know when your next local and midterm elections are. If you move, remember to update your voter info. ALL ELECTIONS MATTER! Add to your calendar November 6, 2018 for the next midterm election.