Thursday, January 7, 2010

Painting My Home (Invisible Architecture and the Personal Myth)

Sheila asks all of us these questions,
"Do you think your family is "well pleased" with you?
Does it matter?
Have you given up on the notion?"

I don't have an answer, but I have this response:


"The most effective kind of propaganda, is the kind where the subject moves in the direction you desire for reasons he believes to be his own."

National Security Council directive (1950)
From "The Cultural Cold War" - Francis Stoner Saunders 2000

My palette is imbued with the 'colors' of my experience.

"Albert, a Rhesus Monkey" © 2008
From the 1850 Codex ©

If the scene shifts, I may adjust my canvas.

"The joy of the unbridled eye: you can hear better like this. To hear you have to see clearly."

Jaques Derrida A Silkworm of One's Own
From Veils : Cultural Memory in the Present Helene Cixous / Jacques Derrida, 2001 - trans. Geoffrey Bennington

Scanned Photograph circa 1958
Systemic Amazement Factorial©

My brush is carved from the fallen tree.

"We are not, therefore, claiming to show how men think the myths, but rather how the myths think themselves out in men and without men's knowledge.

"Nous ne pretendons donc pas montrer comment les hommes pensent dans les mythes mais comment les mythes se pensent dans les hommes."

John and Doreen Weighman, trans., The Raw and the Cooked 1969
Quoted in
Claude Levi-Strauss, Edmund Leach 1970

"#12, Virginia Creeper on Pine"© 2009
"Autumn Missed Subset"
from the Convenient Non-locality Series©

I heard it. Makes way for new growth.

Press Arrow to Play Video.

"(re)volution"© 2010
Video Collage
From "The Systemic Amazement Factorial"©

Next: Guest commentary by Shannon Rose Riley.
"Invisible Archite(x)ture, the ungodly hour, and the teeny."


Mary said...

Some things don’t matter much. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person’s heart—now, that matters. The whole problem with people is…they know what matters, but they don’t choose it….The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.

—Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees)

Mary said...

The problem with me is, I think the color of a house matters. Outside: do you want to go in? Inside: do you want to stay? She's right, it's hard to choose what matters, because so much does:
so much depends

a red wheel

glazed with rain

beside the white

—William Carlos Williams

Tom Schulz said...

Mary, I don't think you have a problem because the color of a house matters to you. Unless the exterior is mere edifice, there needs be a permeable link between that which is exterior and that which is interior.Do we sense the sun's light without also experiencing the warmth? Put that next to them white chickens.
Oh, and thanks for these powerful and appropriate citations and comments.
Empathinc. - "Sing ho for the color of Colors!"

lilsoccersweetie said...

whatever it is that makes a physical structure/house FEEL to them... like a home is what matters. It doesn't 'matter' what that is and that's all that matters.