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Why I do what I do

This website will give you a glimpse into my work as an artist,  community builder and activist. I have been negotiating the world through the lens of a creative entrepreneur for the last two decades. It's been a wonderful journey with a lot of learning and collaborating with people I deeply respect.
In the coming years, I believe that creative thinkers will be crucial to document, stitch, hold and present the world. We are at the very edge of collapse on one side, and of a future that can spin out into unimaginable wonders on the other. I believe we can get to the happier side by working together!

Jan 3rd. Snippets

January 4th, 2008

This week, I’m putting out my thoughts. I’m going through a period of high anxiety with my work ladies. I have all this stuff buzzing in my head and I’m going a bit crazy. Then I enter this period of staring at my work without doing anything. Yup, thats where I’m at now. I drew these little drawings about what it feels like to be in my head. Like I open this little door in my brain, I walk inside and shut the door. But now is what is inside the door real? Or whats outside the door?
Me and my obsessions all locked in my brain. I have this obsession with muppets, but I haven’t put it out in a painting yet – the muppets..
All these pieces of me.. these conversations that I have with myself in my mind..How easy it would be if I could just reach inside my brain, with my hand and pull out the images, the
Well, hope to be back to normal – whatever that is next week.
But I got to tell you girls, that it feels good to share my craziness with you! Happy New year to us all!


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  • I like poetry because it uses metaphors and words to help me ease in and out and into my world again. we ensnare and we curl-in. we are the prisoners and we are the free…
    Your muppets could be symbolic. follow through. Your sketches seem to speak of something seeking to surge forth. let it flow, let it flow. you’ll enjoy it if you don’t fight it…
    symbols are age-old, tried and tested instruments in the grammar of art. I pulled out some examples of ‘symbolic art’ or paintings that use symbols that really spoke to me in our scrap book – peek at them, add to them.
    Hegel in a lecture on symbols in art said ‘…Those peoples, at the time when they composed their myths, lived in a state altogether poetic; they expressed their most secret and most profound sentiments, not by abstract formulae, but by the imagination.’ He segregated symbols into two groups –
    1. those that are unconscious and irreflective like those found in Oriental art.
    2. the reflective symbol – a mixed form, a transitional form whose basis is comparison. Examples are found in more modern artworks.

    I found his theory interesting. You guys can read his complete lecture here >>

  • hey, looking at your doodling objectively, I seriously think, they can work as sketches for a bigger painting. As an exercise, to free your self from the perfectness you have achieved in your painting, you can paint these forms. As these forms are impulsive… they are genuine and more importantly you, encircling your experiences and attitude.
    Try doing fast colored work.
    What you paint is what is in your head!
    the door metaphor is interesting. Maybe you can try creating a painting without using human forms… just as an exercise… just a thought.

  • hey ladies
    thanks for the feedback. Arch, thanks for the article on symbolism. I definitely think that I should delve into it further. Its such a fascinating thing and so interesting to think about how artists have used, and continue to use symbolism in their work. I’m really excited about the concept. I’m just shaken up about where to start.
    Nirali thanks for the ideas. I think the door, and muppets are definitely symbolic and bear looking into. I love the ideas and i just want to lock myself up in my studio and explore them further with no distractions. We really need those grants! i think impulse is where its at!!
    you ladies rock!