The artist’s journey may be solitary on one hand but it thrives on camaraderie and inspired company. Cecilia Ramon is an artist and dear friend and we are embarking on a collaborative exploration together. Every week one of us will send the other some inspiration in the form of an excerpt from a poem, a prose selection, or a quote. Then we will each make art in response to the piece and finally we will post it here on my blog and on hers, which is in development. We will see what emerges and then chart out our course together. The goal is an artistic exploration of life and art in an organic way. We begin with a Mary Oliver poem, Cecilia sent my way, with three sections highlighted (bolded below) to pick from and create art in response to. We chose to respond to all three.
Week 1: October 21
Where Does the Temple Begin
By Mary Oliver
There are things you can’t reach. But
you can reach out to them, and all day long.
The bird flying away.
And it can keep you as busy as anything else, and happier.
The snake slides away; the fish jumps, like a little lily,
out of the water and back in; the goldfinches sing
from the unreachable top of the tree.
I look; morning to night I am never done with looking.
Looking I mean not just standing around, but standing around
as though with your arms open.
And thinking: maybe something will come, some
shining coil of few leaves from any old tree –
they are all in this too.
And now I will tell you the truth.
Everything in the world
At least, closer.
Like the nibbling, tinsel-eyed fish; the unlooping snake.
the blue air.
~ Mary Oliver ~
‘Untitled’ by Cecilia Ramon (Colored Pencil & Ink on Paper)
‘The Temple’ by Virajita Singh (Sumi-e Ink on Paper)