pulling your own strings

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I’ve read only one Wayne Dyer book in my life. Many (many) moons ago when I was living in the natural uncertainty of youth,  I picked up “Pulling Your Own Strings” and read it over a weekend. My father was a counselor and had a couple of Dr. Dyer’s books in his library. That week I made a few decisions, most of which I can’t recall anymore. The one I do remember is that I chose to go to art school.

In 2007 I thought about that decision, that book, and its title and I made a print ↑. Last week I made another one ↓.

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I learned Dr. Wayne Dyer passed away yesterday. RIP Dr. Dyer, you gave me great  insight into responsibility and choice.

appeasing the ant

The goal: to paint something on a valley metro pass – a 3 3/8″ x 2 1/8″ area. That’s small.  It feels natural to paint an insect on it. And since my house was overrun by ants this summer – ant it is.  I hope to appease them. Also, consider ants and how they manuever – in cooperation. Sort of like a public transportation system. Okay, that’s stretching it.

Here is my very small, yet much, very much bigger than life-size study of an ant and its anatomy.

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And while I’m at it …
This week I play with Photoshop. I only use the software for photography enhancing not distorting. The completed painting is above ↑. The image below I take through a filter↓.  It gives the composition a fiery quality I like. I won’t do anything with the image below, I’m only playing with it.

Now I am thinking of Panamanian Mola’s …

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Look for the Mesa Contemporary Arts Benefit Sow (October 6 – 15). All works will be $50. Proceeds to support Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum exhibition and educational programs.  More info → 10×10 Takes-A-Ride

today i am a biologist

 

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Growth is a spiral process, doubling back on itself, reassessing and regrouping. –    Julia Margaret Cameron


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This is the second time I make a map. The first, a few years back, was a map of the city of Phoenix laid out as a living cell. I made it for an invitational exhibition called You Are Here. That summer I saw myself as a cartographer. With this new drawing the cell itself is primary, the city is secondary and I am a biologist mapping out the smallest unit of life.

In esoteric teaching it’s believed there exists a blueprint of the physical body. Changes in the body occur in the blueprint before they appear into its physical form. As I work I think there must be a blueprint for each and every individual cell. Imagine that!

I can probably still call this work You are Here. You think cells are inside you but in fact you are in each cell. Are you the life in each tiny cell? Could you in fact be the maker of each cell?

Am I the maker of the blueprint?  Am I the one who maps out each and every cell? I can only say for certain – today I am.

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Detail shot of the cell.

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The Nucleus controls activities and contains the cells genetic material (DNA). The And the Endoplasmic Reticulum is like a labrynth holding and moving molecules.

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The Golgi Body packages proteins and lipids before they get sent to their destination.


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The Mitochondria is the power plant of the cell and holds its own DNA

I didn’t plan to work this big but in the end it’s allowed for me to really think about the space I fill – the space I live in.

 

cell study and the mitochondria

One source informs me there are over 10 trillion cells in the human body, another says 34 trillion. Discovered by Robert Hooke in 1665, I like that he thought it resembled cells inhabited by Christian monks in a monastery. It brings a little of the sacred into the picture. 34 trillion sacred cells!

I mapped out a living cell a few years ago. And after all I have learned, I return to basics (with new eyes) determined not to place anything into my composition until I have a better grasp of what it does. Slow  -S-L-O-W-  going this week.

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The large circular form ↑ is the Nucleus. The word is Latin in origin and means kernel. It controls cell function. The nucleus holds the DNA.  What I learn about the Nucleolus (dense [purple] area in nucleus) and the Endoplasmic Reticulum (greenish areas) makes me want to ingest high-quality protein as often as possible.

And then there is the Mitochondria ↓ which comes from the Greek,  mitos meaning thread and chondrion meaning granule or grain-like.  They are part of our body’s microcircuitry.  Think power-house. The mitochondria make the physical energy of our cells AND they form subtle energies that connect to meridians. It’s this latter find that causes me to isolate it here.

IMG_7762I heard someone say yesterday that artists don’t present answers, they present questions. I have so many….

a heart and a brain

Today in Yoga we talk about the organ of the heart. I happen to have completed (yet another) small drawing of one. We tend to think of it in connection to love. Meg, the instructor, says in this case it’s connected to happiness. She explained the energy is more about accepting what is – as opposed to wanting to control. I also drew (yet another) brain.

They work together. Or do they?

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For some reason I make a connection to Ahimsa. I’ve decided non-violence is a discipline. I’m not sure why I piece this together. But I do.

no woman is an island

Interested in a small animal study he’s seen on the internet, Judson arranges to visit my studio this a.m.  He’s come to pick up a particular one. As he moves through the space he quickly changes his mind and consequently will leave with 2 others. I am always surprised by people who can do this – make quick decisions of this sort. I admire the skill.

We spend time talking and I learn he’s passionate about art. He’s visited many artist spaces. I first connect with Judson back in March at the Feminism Today exhibit in the monOrchid. I enjoy finally meeting and chatting with him.

Here are the artworks he takes with him today –

creativeiamblog Above is the mixed media (casein and egg tempera) on paper titled Creative I am.  It is the  anatomy study that eventually leads to my current series Nothing In Stasis. And below is another mixed media (casein) painting on canvas titled Taking a Stand from an earlier series called Mental Concoctions. Both are now at his framer!

Thank you again, Judson.

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The blog posts titled No Woman is an Island acknowledge the people and/or organizations who support me and the work I do. Here is a video made a few years back by Brian McHugh and MojoVideoProduction. Not only does it show some of the series of the latter painting in this post, and the ideas behind the work – it also shows my studio a few years back. It’s a completely different environment now!

Phoenix Artist Monica Aissa Martinez from Brian McHugh on Vimeo.