March 7th, 2007
mud is a wonderful medium

piece of paper found on the street, troy, ny. feb. 2007. the other side has cursive writing lessons done by a young child.
this image is a kind of preface to my new book
John Cage describes his music as, “Purposeless play –this play is an affirmation of life–not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvement in creation. But simply to work up the very life we are living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out of the way and lets it act of its own accord.”

Mar 7 2007
6:42 pm
Helen writes:

It’s wonderful how intentional this mud picture looks, when put in another context.
On the ground – muddy piece of paper = trash.
On your blog or on the wall – muddy piece of paper = art.
It looks like the sort of surfaces Eric Carle uses in his collages.

Mar 7 2007
7:05 pm
kerri Arista writes:

i LOVE your blog! i’m gonna now have to buy your book. anyway, glad to have found you!

Mar 7 2007
11:16 pm
Mary Ann writes:

What a treasure. Finding paper with notes scrawled on them fills me with wonder.

Mar 8 2007
12:47 am
MaryBeth writes:

THis is so right on!
I wanted to let you know I gave your Tear it up Journal, to my 44 year old friend who was in hospital for the final stem cell transplant treatment for breast cancer.
She said it was the only thing that pulled her out of the suffering and brought her back to the magic of girlhood, free creation and fun.
I just wanted you to know this.
MB in JT

Mar 8 2007
6:07 am
switchsky writes:

Ah yes, Mr. Cage always says it so well, and so clearly, that he makes it sounds easy.

Mar 8 2007
12:13 pm
Karinny writes:

Hi Kari,
I was looking up John Cage in the library. Do you have any favorite book of him? What do you recommend?

Mar 8 2007
2:05 pm
skya writes:

hi Keri. I dont know anything about anything (eg john cage, eric carle or your enchanting self until 2 days ago!) but I know a smack of inspiration when I feel it, and stumbling across your blog nearly made me throw up with glee. Sincerest thank yous…

Mar 8 2007
3:22 pm
Kelly writes:

Hi Keri,I’ve been doing a ton of research on arts education collaborators…do you do much artist educator work, or solely publication? Great imagination!

Mar 9 2007
1:21 pm
holly bechiri writes:

hello Keri:
over lunch we started talking about film and i remembered the lovely short about dancing that your husband did? i wanted to send a link regarding this and couldn’t remember how to get there….and now as i write this i am questioning whether this was even you….
hmm….if it is, could you send me a way to share that wonderful creation with my co-worker? if not, you know, ignore me….

Mar 9 2007
8:25 pm
Sumner writes:

Do you know the lovely little book by John Cage and Lois Long called “Mud Book: How to Make Pies and Cakes”?

Mar 10 2007
4:28 pm
Bailey writes:

I wish i had a pony.

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