November 2nd, 2008
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document shapes made by water


exploration #25
When I was in the process of writing Explorer I was several months pregnant. At a certain point I began to have early contractions which left me on bedrest for a time. The result was that I had to scale my explorations down to what I could do from bed. It was actually really interesting because I decided to set up a virtual studio and creative space in bed, complete with a large branch of a tree I had decorated with found things, cups of tea, and lots of research books around me (not ironically “the poetics of space” was one of them). It forced me to start looking at my room in much greater detail than I had previously. Every corner, shadow, piece of dust, random mark on the wall, dings in the floor, paint crack, and finger smudge, became raw material. This was not new for me to look at my surroundings in this way, but it did force me to stay in one place for a prolonged period of time so that I had no choice but to practice what I preach, (use whatever is in front of you). I had lots of time to meditate on these things, and really put into use the quote from John Cage, “If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”
a beautiful lesson, non?
I have set up a new group for the book on flickr, please join if it speaks to you.

 
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