I am helplessly seduced by
solitude, silence, stillness
but sooner or later
I get horny for creativity.
Sutra is a Sanskrit word that can mean thread, (sew, stitches) or spiritual teachings. Since I was on retreat at the remote Krishnamurti Uttarkashi Retreat at the time, both meanings are relevant to this piece.
Walking in the high Himalayan forest I was enchanted by the pieces of bark that would fall from the trunks of huge trees and lie scattered on the forest floor like small sculptures in their own right.
I had no art materials or equipment with me. Everything used in this piece was either scavenged from the roadside, under the trees, beside the River Ganges, or bought in the village market.
340 x 900
Stitching, gilding, assemblage
Khadi paper, hessian sackcloth, threads, river stone, old cotton dhoti, recycled cardboard, tree bark*
*Bark from the Chilgoza Pine – Pinus Gerardiana – which is native to the northwestern Himalayas. The fragments in this piece were gathered in forests near Uttarkashi, northwest India. Chilgoza Pine is a cousin of the Lacebark Pine (a native of northeastern and central China) and is also found in Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan.
Recycled boxes, canvasboard, cotton netting, acrylic paints, handmade dyed Japanese washi, linen thread
Painting, dyeing, drawing, stitching, collage, assemblage
460cm x 460cm
wonderboxes – celebrating the wonder of the everyday
folded and buried khadi papers, powdered paint flakes from walls of village huts,
antique woven and embroidered textile fragments, chalk, whitewash, mud stains,
thorns, mosquito netting, cowrie shells, coconut twine
We do not know until the shell breaks
what kind of egg we have been sitting on.
– T S Eliot
painted, padded and shirred silk Habotai, fiber reactive dyes
Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.
– Linus Pauling
khadi papers, silver thread, gauze, acrylic paints, textured wall covering, pottery fragment
I’m really only interested in finding more and more ways of saying
what I feel about the extraordinariness of the world
and of being alive in it.
– Marion Milner
stained and distressed canvas, acrylic paints, market basket fragment, bamboo, sea shells, linen thread
There is a curiously sharp sense of joy or mild ecstasy
that comes when you find the particular form required for your creation:
… the experience of “This is the way things are meant to be.”
We participate for a moment in the myth of creation,
and at the same time know more vividly our own limitations.
– Rollo May
one Italian summer …
recycled corrugated cardboard, old dhoti, hemp twine, linen thread, ghee, acrylic pigments
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
handmade khadi papers, acrylic paints, silver lurex thread
Slow motion opens the mind.
Smooth motion opens the heart.
Slow smooth motion
turns on the inexplicable delight.
– Paul Reps
fragment of tree bark, handmade khadi paper, linen thread, powdered paint flakes
Art’s purpose is to sober and quiet the mind
so that it is in accord with what happens.
– John Cage
Today’s art quote comes from Begin Again, a new post at Deborah Barlow’s ever-inspiring bog, Slow Muse.