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In the garden

fullsizerenderIn my artwork, I’m often sharing visuals and experiences which encourage viewers to think about the nature of desire. A place I often find myself referring back to is the nature of nature itself. By thinking and paying attention to the ways in which natural plants grow, one can refer metaphorically back to a way of working/functioning in life that, well, grows. Some people might say works, and that’s alright. One could venture to say the plant is working right when it’s growing because that’s what we (as people) like to see plants do. Who likes to watch plants die? Some people I suppose, and dying plants do happen. The funny illustration in these photos here is I took a gifted plant (thank you Beverly!) and planted it in a painted, terra cotta pot. Doing so upset the roots, causing some of the leaves (or shoots? is that what you call succulent arms and bodies?) to fall off.

I went about adding more dirt to support the plant, water, and then realized there is a corner of light. Let’s get these plants into the light. The light will pull the water and nimg_7580utrition up from the soil and strengthen the structure of the plant. This mode of operation, way of working, or growing the way nature does can also be then brought into our daily lives. When I, myself, or people I witness get excited or stressed there’s often a sort of emphasis on working or doing something right-to which I can then begin a short series of questioning to what telos/end/purpose is that “right” thing pointed. Working without an outcome can be fun to play around for an idea-but the garden may go totally wild. Having a solid picture in mind, and desire to encourage plants to grow (speaking metaphorically here) can encourage what will already happen naturally, to go ahead on in that growing direction. It’s so much fun to partake in this process. Some people call gardening therapy, I call gardening or connecting with nature essential for ourselves, our souls and the whole wildly profound nature-eco system in which we live.


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a poem too long for twitter

like things to escape

value through approval

existential confirmation through page view

comments left dangling

unreplied represented voice and bodies

looked over

erased as not existing

comment likes excite egos

virtual excising

empty space products

draining bodies of value

a my body unmet

instils desires to connect

online animate fear

real connection

time online

premising companies

to source minds and bodies

commodifying ends

telling sincerity and

difference between

someone excavating another body

to get what they want

the state of things

inspire tears or run in fear

such actions learned

worthy of abandon

aloneness deafens thee

responsibility as a freedom

promises a land governed by a few hands

rooted in love and personal value

promises freedom from lands

hands create a life

may we allow ourselves

the freedom to imagine

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Creating is not reacting

People have often said knowledge is power. First, the orientation of power and control inherently can contain limiting qualities. I write of these qualities as orientations based on the notion mental focus tends to lead a human toward experiences congruent to the orientation. Many people fear power or control with historical reasons. Let’s not recreate the hells of history past. And to do so, a shift in orientation can be advisable.
Knowledge grows alongside interest. An orientation of learning supplies excellent conditions for the embodiment of freedom. People that think and pay attention, tend to have the sort of lives that don’t quite fit into a definable box. This can intimidate those preferring the box. Useful for personal and social peace: instead of judging these different values for or against orientations, (box and not box for example, thinking and not thinking, freedom and not freedom) as a complex network created by a series of choices. These choices located within each individual.
The value I’ve found in techniques of mindfulness and creativity are through freeing my own limited thinking from the “evils” if you like to call those impulses by that name. (Hear no, see no, speak no)
Historicized myths/stories attempt to teach these things but it seems we all have to learn on our own.
Remember to consider varying perspectives, reflect, engage in conversation carefully, and choose from a place of inner quiet to create a ripple effect outward. It’s a daily practice. We can all help remind each other, share the message and allow those messages to be carried though our actions. And when a mistake is made, proper action to set the course back toward creating. (Not power or control-but the natural flow of life)
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