Contemplate

Artist Statement
I’ve said this before, that visual art is simply another medium I use to to explore – and discuss – ideas. Art is a language. Like any other language it can be used in a number of ways, elevated and ...
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The Green Monster
The Green Monster circa 1998. Oil pastel ...
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Hypotheosis III
Neuroscience news – Researchers in Norway, England, and the U.S. have established by several experiments that at least some abstract knowledge is represented in the brain spatially. The essential idea is that many kinds of cognition – perceptions, experiences, and ...
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Forty Years
We went to Hawai’i to celebrate Jaimie+Max’s wedding, and Keith+Emilia’s engagement, and also our forty-four years together. It was a wonderful confluence of love and commitment, in a beautiful setting conducive to the ideal of a shared life. I do ...
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Leaving
I’ll start with leaving, because in the moment, any moment, there is only perception and response. Reflection happens after, at the end. So I only know what Hawai’i means to me now that I am home. But I want you ...
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The Big Island
Of course we did explore Hawai’i in a visitor’s way, too, getting to know all of its landscapes, along with many other attractions. But before you even ask, we did not dance the hula, or watch anyone else do so; ...
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Nēnē
The payment system at the Wildlife Rescue Center was slow to process our transaction (very much so), so I took the opportunity to talk more with Marie, the staff member who welcomed visitors. She already had given us a good ...
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In the Spirit of Things
My dearest Pam, I am writing back quickly so as to put your mind at ease, because I just know you will fret and worry about alienating me by sharing your faith. Because of course our re-connection is new, and ...
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The Rewrite
I feel I need to warn you, this is a sad story, with no good ending, really no ending at all. I am in limbo. Many months ago a friend of mine died. And I have been heartbroken since, about ...
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Unforgotten
I am attending a new seminar with Mark Scarbrough, this time up in Salisbury Connecticut, a town in the northwest corner of the state. The ride is another half hour beyond Washington (where we read Emily Dickinson with him), and ...
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Resonance
I am spinning, floating, suspended after Mark’s two lectures on If I Forget Thee O Jerusalem, while all of life conspires to conflate and converse and heckle and cheer. Mark has added many layers of understanding to my read of ...
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Blood Simple
We are reading four of Faulkner’s novels with Mark, and the second is Light in August, which I read years and years ago. I didn’t recall any of the story upon this read, but I do remember being surprised, shocked, ...
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Dante, and not...
Mark is giving another lecture series, on Dante’s Inferno, which partially overlapped Faulkner, though on a different day of the week, in different libraries of different towns. Our work schedules didn’t allow for attending both and we had to choose ...
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Sport of Nature
Hi Matt, I’ve wanted to converse with you and share some of my ideas about mental health for quite awhile now, but I thought it best to wait until the OT fireworks died down. Several posters really got under your ...
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Fan_of_KathyFan
Matt, I have been lurking on OT for several years, and lately following you daily. I appreciate so many of your contributions, they spark a lot of reflection and dialogue. Right now I have many ideas and responses piling up ...
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The Best of MUSE 2018
The pieces selected for re-posting in this issue of MUSE present the ideas I most want to share, and best reflect me as a thinker, writer, designer, and artist. The work, mixed and matched from different issues, gains perspective and ...
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Memoir
In The Field Issue #6 - In The Field I. I am asleep in the desert. I am dreaming this world and yet another. In which I am impossibly tall, resolutely female. My vision extends to the horizon. I see ...
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Prisoners
Theater – as all the narrative arts do – realizes an outward existence of our internal dramas, enabling us to see them clearly, and to meaningfully experience the feelings we have about our own like struggles. The very purpose of ...
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Emily and Me
For Mondays this October (those past and a few more to come) I am traveling to Washington, Connecticut with Bruce to attend a lecture series about Emily Dickinson. Washington is in Litchfield County, a rural and beautiful part of the ...
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Gardens
Despite my chosen and beloved profession – landscape architecture – I do not like to design gardens very much at all. I have sorted out the reasons over the years and they are several. In the main, gardens are usually ...
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Scholar Garden
This design for a Chinese Scholar Garden follows unwavering precedent, tradition, and program requirements, and is nonetheless unique and original ...
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Hypotheosis
I wonder about everything, and search for patterns and relationships restlessly. Here are a few ideas I am curious about ... GEOLOGY Do Earth’s magnetic reversals correlate with Ice Ages or other climate changes in the geological record? Do Ice ...
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Warsaw Village Band
2004, digital collage Artist Statement. This graphic design was imagined as a CD cover for Warsaw Village Band’s album peoples’ spring (2003). It is a visual interpretation of the musical structure of one song titled []. I used digital scans ...
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Ideal Patient
Ideal Patient Mixed Media Assemblage:  paper, wood, styrofoam, netting & plastic. 20" x 36" was first exhibited at City Gallery, New Haven CT. ‘Inside, Outside & Between’ November, 2003 Artist Statement ...
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Fine Line
The difference between doing and not doing is a fine line incised down the center of my being. It starts from the ridge of my brow and leads across my face into my chest and through my various organs liver, ...
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Isolations of Space and Time
Geologic time is rather impossible to appreciate. We live with a sense of time measured by a unique metronome, the human heart–one second for each beat. We borrow the cadences of planets and moons to capture days, months, and years ...
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Invasion
Isolations of Space and Time I. Invasion Isn’t every successful species invasive? The history of life on Earth is the history of the relentless, explosive expansion of living things into every imaginable and unimaginable environment, commandeering resources and space competitively, ...
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Immigration
Isolations of Space and Time II. Immigration Studies of primates show they are hardwired to keep to their own, and strongly suggest we are built the same - to protect those like us and repel those who are not. Recent ...
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Inundation
Isolations of Space and Time III. Inundation Our dealings with some physical, non-biological recurrent events of the natural world, like fire and flood, also show awareness of larger scale process. Older practices that protect life and property are in favor ...
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Emanation
Isolations of Space and Time IV. Emanation We are slowly coming to terms with the converse idea that actions taken within our frame have consequences for systems beyond. The obvious example here is the imagining and construction of the U.S ...
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Balance
Isolations of Space and Time V. Balance On a weekend drive, touring the lakes region of New Hampshire, I was approached by a resident offering help with directions. Our conversation was telling. In just a few minutes he conveyed the ...
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In The Field
I. I am asleep in the desert. I am dreaming this world and yet another. In which I am impossibly tall, resolutely female. My vision extends to the horizon. I see with an effortless, steady, dimensionless knowing. It is January ...
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The Genius of a Place
Bruce has been lamenting something for quite a long while - the loss of the local. He remembers vividly the differences encountered town to town, as a boy in Denora, Pennsylvania; Holden, West Virginia; and Mayfield, Ohio. The stories of ...
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Before and After
 Before, we were itinerant, unattached to things or places or people, and so our habitats were makeshift, improvised, borrowed accommodations.  We exchanged them rather easily as circumstances changed. Our place on Eld Street began that way.  Although a single family ...
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Faraway so Close
Faraway so CloseMonotype/Collage: Ink and art papers on paper. 15" x 22" was first exhibited at The Coffee Table, New Haven CT ‘LANDSCAPES: Before and After Barragán’ April 2002 Artist Statement ...
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Big Love
I just finished watching the HBO series Big Love. Like many other people my television viewing habits and preferences have changed. Now I prefer multi-season series, and dramas rather than comedies. Just as good books do, newer television series delve ...
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Love Letter
Bruce and I don’t have children. It was a decision we made for ourselves, by default when we were young, and consciously, deliberately when we were older and up against the hard deadline of biology. We don’t question our choice; ...
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Girl is Mother to the Woman
Girl Is Mother To The WomanMixed Media Assemblage:  transfer print, styrofoam, netting & plastic. 12" x 22" was first exhibited at City Gallery, New Haven CT ‘Inside, Outside & Between’ November, 2003 Artist Statement ...
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De Espaldas
Thinking and living in two languages is an opportunity to reflect on their differences and similarities. This is rarely deliberate for me, rather awarenesses bubble up or something strikes me when I am reading. In the middle of Cormac McCarthy’s ...
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Etymologies
    a muse                       MUSE                    muse um [[ ME musen < OFr muser, to ponder, loiter, originally (?) to stand with muzzle ...
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