Exchange (recapitulation*)

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I’m so excited about the Postcard Collective winter exchange. So much good work. Thank you, faraway friends! I’m so pleased to participate! I really loved the postcards by Chris Toalson (it HAS been difficult), James Luckett, Sunday Ballew, and Amelia Morris.

Today I had a grad school interview on Skype. I think it went well, but it was also strange because the conventional interview tips don’t really apply in the same way. There’s no opportunity for a firm handshake or eye contact. Also I initially was wearing furry house slippers, but I felt compelled to put on real shoes because it was an interview, an important interview, and one should not wear furry house slippers to an interview. But of course he never saw my feet. I guess theoretically I could have gone without pants.

Technology is making life more convenient and more strange. (I did wear pants in the aforementioned interview.)

Things are really in flux at the moment in a sweet volatile blend of excitement and anxiety. I’m thankful for the grounding elements of my jobs and wonderful friends and yoga practice and art practice.

Xxoo!

*Recapitulation as in a sonata, just to be clear.

Exchange (recapitulation*)

Exchange, getting things done

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I was chosen to participate in a Postcard Collective exchange, for the second time.  (Remember this little print that I made for the previous exchange?)

I really love participating in print exchanges because they provide an opportunity to make work that might be a little outside of whatever I’m working on at the time.  It’s an opportunity to play and to share, and to see what others are up to.  Checking the mail is really exciting during a postcard exchange.  More and more I am realizing and appreciating the importance of community, and print exchanges are a beautiful manifestation of this.

In other news, I return to teaching preschool next week (in a different role); ceramics class starts the week after, the letterpress monitor schedule needs to be drafted; I’ve been reading Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar and all I want to do is twist and stretch and bend and bind, but fortunately tomorrow is free yoga day at Tucson Yoga; and I have one more graduate school application to send off.  Things are both wrapping up and beginning.  I’m looking forward to the next six months; it looks to be busy, fruitful, telling, and productive.

Exchange, getting things done

Dualities

Whoops, yesterday I was all over the place.

I came across this wonderful passage in BKS Iyengar’s Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 11.48:

From then on, the sadhaka is undisturbed by dualities.

The effect of asana is to put an end to the dualities or differentiation between the body and mind, mind and soul.  None of the pairs of opposites can exist for the sadhaka who is one with body, mind and soul.

When body, mind and soul unite in perfect posture, the sadhaka is in a state of beatitude.  In that exalted position, the mind, which is at the root of dualistic perception, loses its identity and ceases to disturb him.  Unity is achieved between body and mind and mind and soul.  There is no longer joy or sorrow, heat or cold, honour or dishonour, pain or pleasure.  This is perfection in action and freedom in consciousness.

So good, right?  This put into words what my work is all about.

Image found here.  (Look at that beautiful shoulder stand!)

Dualities

All these things that I have

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I worked, I moved, I worked some more.  I grew my yoga practice.

I’ve been thinking a lot about grad school.  I am going to make a lot of artwork this year. I got a work-study scholarship (!!!!!) to Penland for a letterpress and bookmaking workshop this summer.  I am ready.

Anyways, I’ve been playing with clay a little bit!  I can’t decide whether the finished product will be a print, photo, part of an animation, or just the clay object itself.  Maybe I’ll paint it.  Maybe I’ll do all of these things.

All these things that I have