‘OUT FOR LUNCH’ This is me saying I have a lot of material from DINNER to add to this Blog but currently, I am having trouble seeing the point of being so diligent as an artist! I feel myself tipping toward the slippery slope of ‘whothehellcaresaboutwhatIdoinart’. I have been back from Darwin for two weeks where I presented this fine exhibition – in many formats – with NOT ONE PERSON inquiring about what art happened there. Maybe this isn’t enough for me anymore. I am certain that I do not want to burden anyone with my art rantings and raves. But my art is not about me doing my ‘thing’ in secret because I am driven to do so. It needs an audience. It needs some sort of external validation to continue to develop. I do not know what that would be but it is not happening…after almost forty years of hard labor on my part and, apparently, on the part of everyone who has come into my clutches. Maybe I should cut the losses and leave this vocation now. I do not know who I would be if I did so..but maybe it is time to find out.
This image is one in a series showing the artist trying to make her way in the vast unknown called life. Don’t worry, she makes her way safely down the slope but hesitates to go back up on the podium again.
I arrived in Aarhus today to find an impressive STACKHOUSE in situ. Just some last minute adjustments and it is ready for the crowds! many thanks to Axel and his team. also, thank you to my wonderful hosts in Denmark!
They have been very resourceful in finding suitable recycled timber to make STACKHOUSE in Aarhus, Denmark. This choice is very near the original recycled fence palings used in the Australian counterpart. I Hope there is enough timber. It is deceptive how much wood is actually needed. I am worried that in the in the spirit of the Goon Show…’You can’t get the wood, you know.’
I am excited to see how the project develops!
5th week of Lent, Saturday – Lack of air circulation makes things stale or rancid. That is why we ‘air things out”, ideas and belongings. Look at one object within your view. Blow a tissue of paper held by two fingers. Let your eyes examine it – trace all its edges, colour, light, etc. Let your eyes follow this movement seemingly without purpose. Let your mind settle and relax. Thank God that you can notice this smallness in all the bigness of your life.
5th week of Lent, Friday – Breathing poison means death or even worse. Jesus died on a Friday but he dies many times over in the suffering of his people and in his world. Auschwitz, Chernobyl, even in smoking’s effects. Pause for the suffering in the world. Remember to be compassionate. Compassion. Not popular but priestly.
5th week of Lent, Thursday – At what is now called Pentecost, there was the sound of a mighty, rushing wind. The Holy Spirit had arrived in this sensation. The wind is a stirring that can be felt all over your body…with anticipation, excitement, and more. Who wouldn’t want more of this divine spirit? But… it can be a change that is also frightening. Don’t pray for the Holy Spirit unless you are willing to be altered. And yes, it is scary to give up control in this way.
5th week of Lent, Wednesday – God breathed life into the newly created human. He breathed and continues to breathe life into all things. Without God, there is nothing. You are a unique part of it…and have a responsibility to God’s entire creation and to it as community. Could it be that without you, God has nothing?
5th week of Lent, Tuesday – Loosely roll a magazine into a tube and peer into the great beyond, out a window or walk outside. Look at the cosmos through this limiting lens. Notice the colour of the sky – day or night. Consider this direct line to the vastness of the universe….the known and the unknown. Now think of the vastness of the Creator of this vastness and mystery. Christ sustains the universe by his powerful command. Hebrews 1:3
5th week of Lent, Monday – Close your eyes and breathe slowly, in and out. Today, do not take in the next breath until you do not have a choice and your body forces you to inhale. Consider how good it feels to take air in. your body wants to live. Even unconsciously it seeks to live in every way. So, join your body and live life. Be part of each day, bringing hope to it – like the sweet anticipation of the next breath your body craves. Don’t pass the time until your personal situation to improves. You may not have that long to wait! Think about the miraculous way you are alive now.
LENTEN OVERVIEW: There are 40 days in Lent. (Sundays in this period are not counted as Lent.) It is traditional to give up something for Lent but it can also follow four (4) disciplines:
Repentance – self-examination
Prayer – Pray about life issues, including listening to God’s word
Fasting – Limiting or eliminating something you enjoy, as you feel you
are led to do
Service – Giving up personal time for others’ benefit
PREPARE: Pick a time when you will not be interrupted. Have beside you your Bible and light a candle. The purpose of the Devos is to momentarily simplify your spirituality by focusing on one thought or action. It is meant to be a step towards a new awareness using some of our God-given senses and attributes.
General Daily Outline
[Light the candle]
It is in God that we live, and move and have our being. Acts 17:28
May the blessing of the Holy One who gives us life, the blessing of the Human One who heals our lives, the blessing of the Spirit who enriches our lives, be with us all during this sacred time.
[Extinguish the candle]
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