Sunday, December 05, 2010
if you grow up by the highway...
These days, Americans routinely hurl along on fossil fuels at speeds unattainable by kings and queens in earlier times. Our computers can thrust words and concepts into minds on other continents at nearly the speed of light, and we have conditioned ourselves toward impatience with all the simple skilled standard processes that served as the foundation of human culture. There is danger in all this, as we lose patience with simpler things. The remedy is to take direct action to slow down and savor the direct acquisition of skill. There is no other path. Cook, make, plant, fix, create, become mindful and enjoy. Conviviality demands simple tools that allow for our own creative resistance to uniformity. To take time into one's own hands offers rewards unperceived by those who are driven by the machinations of industrial society toward an ever faster pace.
I am grateful to live in a creative community where the arts are nourished by appreciation. We have no stop light to mechanically control the relationships we have with each other, and to share what we do with friends is a wonderful thing.
I was pleased that my piece of sculpture, Dancing Noguchi met with favor at my small show at Lux Weaving Studio. And while I haven't sold it yet, I received enough encouragement to proceed with more sculptural experimentation. Dancing Noguchi is shown in the photo above.