Made by Hand

(Pity) Party is over!

And it's back to work folks. Last week I had some deep revelations. Reflecting on the past year plus I realize I have been experiencing a lot of transition. And that is unsettling and destabilizing. Through it though I still managed to teach, curate, design, build, exhibit and feed and clothes myself. Not bad. So I broke my foot. It's made me realize how much I depend on my body to experience life and to make a living! So I am trying to be more gentle, with my body and my mind on myself and in extension, those around me. What's this new phase from... well I got my mountain bike fixed up and I'm back on the trails, back in the forest and it's blissful.

 Back on the bike! Feels better than walking actually.

Back on the bike! Feels better than walking actually.

I've been a biker for much longer than a runner so while I still miss dearly the sense of freedom found in running through the forest, riding is the next best thing and I'm so grateful for it. It's the fun I've been missing. Yoga is wonderful and has saved my mind and body over the last few months but at some point I found myself screaming (internally) "get me out of this room!!!"

 Never been this far in before. Biking is FAST! Almost made it to 5 Fingers. Next time!

Never been this far in before. Biking is FAST! Almost made it to 5 Fingers. Next time!

And so now I finally feel like I can start working again. About time! Up next, the last piece of Lessons from the Forest, which is actually the 3rd sequence, since part 4 is done for the most part. The 3rd sequence deals with Lichen, photosynthesis and further "un-selfing", if I can borrow the word used by David Haskell in his book Song of Trees. I'll be performing a talk with Professor Haskell in late January, part of an exhibition organized by the amazing and inspiring Shirley Watts. Shirley has been so kind and generous to include me in 2 of her Natural Discourse events. It's so important to have creative allies in the art world. 

 Image from  www.nwlichens.org  which is overflowing with amazing Lichen portraits and info.

Image from www.nwlichens.org which is overflowing with amazing Lichen portraits and info.

I'm gathering imagery for LLF4. This video will be composite, made up of found footage and green screen shot at new Watsonville studio. It'll include Czech, German and English voices. I'm also designing a projection screen that will be a bit more tactile than just hanging projection cloth from the ceiling. A break, a slight angle to enhance the split screens and the multiplicity of the communities described in the story.

 More from  www.nwlichens.org . I've reached out to them in hopes we can be friends. 

More from www.nwlichens.org. I've reached out to them in hopes we can be friends. 

I better hit the highway. It's Christmas Eve day. Driving up to the mountains to see family and friends. A few days to soak in some love and mountain air. Then back to work! Be well. Love.