Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Begats and the Begottens" (for Florence Sumner)



"Volunteers and donors are transforming the
hospital experience. Lives are saved, new techniques
are implemented, grieving families are comforted."

Donald K. Jonas, Ph.D.
From "Difference Makers"
Message from the Director
"Extreme Makeover: Presbyterian Hospital Edition
"
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Jack Matney Memorial Labyrinth
Presbyterian Hospital. Charlotte NC
Photo by In2Wit © 2007
Thoughtful Information Design

I love to read the begats of Biblical stories, mythological tales, and historical genealogies. They are like equations to me: lifelines of understanding that lead to logical conclusions. Complex, but not complicated.
Direct access to answers. To solutions.

Read one fascinating book here.


Weisiger Chapel
Sculptural Altar wall in memory of Allen Bigelow
Presbyterian Hospital. Charlotte NC
Photo by In2Wit © 2007
Thoughtful Information Design

But life is not that simple, is it?
We have Pacts and Pax and PACs and Packs of personal and cultural History that we carry with us as if we are all clones of the great Atlas -
the awesome weight of the whole world upon our shoulders.

Powerful burdens that drag us down in our life journeys.



Prayer Sculpture "A Day of Remembrance"
In conjunction with Presbyterian Hospice and Palliative Care
and a grant from The Arts and Science Council.
Presbyterian Hospital. Charlotte NC
Photo by In2Wit © 2007
Thoughtful Information Design

Florence Sumner ( wonderful friend of my Mother, Jane Schulz) believed that it was much simpler than that. Florence lived by the Law of Love - actualizing the idea that one persons attentive detailing of love in action could, and would, make a
positive difference.
Florence took the abstract idea of empathetic response and made it concrete.
She gathered up the lost that gathered upon her doorstep and brought them into
Her Home.


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"Trying to Connect" © 2008
Random Video
From "The Systemic Amazement Factorial"©

Today. This week.
Contact
the ones you love and tell them,
"I love you"
and
"I wish you success, in what ever form that may take".
Call in love. Call for Florence. Call because we have so very little time in this
plane of existence.






Saturday, September 19, 2009

"Our Precious Selves"

"I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head
without any other consideration."
Frida Kahlo


"Fractal Fireflies #18 - Human Kindness"
(Emergence Theory Subset)© 2009
From The "Spidey-Hole Series, Fractal Fireflies Subset"

What sower cast about the seeds that
germinated into our "Precious Self"?
Were we given it all of a once?
Or have we pruned and grafted: splintered and spliced -
cropped, snipped and dead-headed an identity?
Espaliered and anchored our existence
along a wall of some reality?



"Fractal Fireflies #20 (Emergence Theory Subset)"© 2009
From The "Spidey-Hole Series, Fractal Fireflies Subset"

Perhaps we picked up scraps along the way,
gluing up a collage of defining moments.
Then editing with safety scissors
and now
with the sharpest of blades.


“There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.”
George Matthew Adam



When I was a kid, I liked to look at the world through the wrong end of a telescope.
Here is a version of something I saw:




Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Shifting Light and Sensibilities



"Did it take long to find me? I asked the faithful light.
Did it take long to find me?"

Yusuf Islam "Moon Shadow"


"Morning, Manchester NH" © 2006
From "The Systemic Amazement Factorial"©


As I stand before an empty canvas, a blank piece of paper,
a back-lit screen.
a length of interstate,




"Fractal Fireflies #17 (Emergence Theory Subset)"© 2009
From The "Spidey-Hole Series, Fractal Fireflies Subset"

A situation, a human being -
You.


I think, "What is it that I want to say?"


"Afternoon, New Britain, CT" © 2008
From "The Systemic Amazement Factorial"©


In my more lucid moments,
I reach beyond my expectations, and ask myself,

"What am I being told?"

There begins the Dialogue.



"Fractal Fireflies #16 (Emergence Theory Subset)"© 2009
From The "Spidey-Hole Series, Fractal Fireflies Subset"


"Lo, in our eyes the teardrops start,
we swim in stormy seas:
Hast Thou within Thine Ample heart,
No shelter for the sons of art,
No room for such as these?"

The Artist in Church

Lord Vyet and Other Poems
Arthur Christopher Benson

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Human Invention / Human Intervention


In my practice as an artist, I view energy not only as a resource for making things,
but also as a vital thread linking call and response.


"Fractal Fireflies #19 (Emergence Theory Subset)"©
2009
From The "Spidey-Hole Series, Fractal Fireflies Subset"

I see space as a stage in which existence transpires.
But additionally,
I am interested in the composition of sets of existence

and how they relate and interact on that stage.



M-611© 2009 Carrie Schulz


And even while time is embraced as a dimension, I see it also

as series of overlapping waves that contain the very essence of process.




"Fractal Fireflies #21 - 7AM/7PM
(Emergence Theory Subset)"© 2009
From The "Spidey-Hole Series, Fractal Fireflies Subset"

I see process, then, as more than the making of a particular work of art.
I see the magnificent process containing multiple Histories,
speculation, public discourse, debate and critique.



Walker Hall, University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
2007
Machado and Silvetti, Architects



I see the process as being receptive enough to contain joy,
myriad questions, concerns, outrage and the outrageous.

This is how I see Art as Life.
Life as Art.


It is what I see,
when I see You.