Last week this morning!

Grateful and inspired by the performances Friday before last at TAC. A wonderful piece in the paper honoring TAC and Director, generous, gorgeous creator, artist dancer Leyya Tawil. Check it out here: eastbayexpress.com/oakland/temescal-art-center-a-scrappy-interdisciplinary-haven-turns-20/Content?oid=9793773

Scene from performance at TAC 10/6/17

Scene from performance at TAC 10/6/17

TAC 10/6/17

TAC 10/6/17

Gillian representing the New Urban Naturalists at TAC 10/6

Gillian representing the New Urban Naturalists at TAC 10/6

Now working on first of last two projects to be completed in my lovely Berkeley studio. That's right, I am moving out. This place has been so wonderful. A kind of home base over the last few years. I hope to find something down south. 40% rent increase and other issues have forced me to make the tough choice to cut my last real concrete connection to the Bay. I will always come back but I need to go with this pull that is drawing me south. There's something there for me to discover.

My heart is heavy now. I've been able to catch up on some projects because school was cancelled all week due to the Napa/Sonoma fires. It's heart breaking to imagine the smoke we are breathing is what's left of peoples homes, memories, lives. The say that they are making progress and holding ground but I don't know how we are going to start back up... we will have to. I want to spend time Sunday and Monday looking again at my syllabi to see what can be done so we can still have a full and enriching semester. I know that some of my students will be deeply affected by this disaster. We all feel it, in our lungs, our eyes, our spirits. We are so connected to the forest it's overwhelming! I work with wood. I make video and performance art about the forest. I feel like I want to respond, express, somehow. It's something to ponder today.

Today: (in no particular order)

  1. design cubbies and get plywood.
  2. measure for brass
  3. clean brass
  4. get check
  5. glue up tops and legs!
  6. Yoga please 5PM

No school until at least Wednesday. I need to take advantage of this time. I miss the air. What we don't even notice on a normal day, now we can see and feel. Is this what it feels like to live and breathe in Beijing? Is this the future?