Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mindfulness and Jurying?

My monotype Genesis is in fact the genesis of my starting to work abstractly for the first time.  It is a joy when I feel the gestural freedom that is possible with monoprinting.  

At the Main Line Art Center's Members show recently, Genesis was awarded the Square One Award.  The Juror was Robert Cozzolino, Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

A few weeks later, it was rejected by the juror for the Artists Equity Association members' exhibit at West Chester University.  What does this mean?

Mindfulness is accepting. It doesn’t label good or bad, right or wrong, beautiful or ugly. The moment is simply the moment.  A behavior is simply a behavior. No judgment.  

I think that means I can't take either event too personally.  But personally, I'm happy to have the prize.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Salt Art Installations!

Japanese artist Yamamoto Motoi creates amazing large scale installations out of salt! He uses a tube to draw with the salt in a similar way to what I have seen watching Tibetan Monks making sand mandalas.  When this exhibition at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Kanagawa, Japan ended, the public was invited to help dismantle the installation and carry all seven tons of salt back to the ocean.  This too is how the Tibetan Monks return their mandalas to a body of water. 

I am fascinated with impermanence - whether sand castles, snow circles, or salt installations!

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