Week 1

Blank Pages, Cheese Graters, and Roads Not Traveled “A year seems like a lot of time now at this end—it isn’t.” Audre Lorde “Letter to Pat Parker, December 6, 1985” (1) November 6, 2019: Faced with one year, 26 essays, and 26 paintings, I am 19 and I am daunted. Sitting in a warm room…

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Announcing a New Project: CognEYEzant:52

On Samhain, Día De Los Muertos, the celebration of ending, of death and remembering, the second year of CognEYEzant begins. This project, titled CognEYEzant:52, consists of weekly works alternating between essays and art. Each piece will explore the theme of human perception by correlating the sciences, humanities, visual arts, and global culture. The project will…

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Day 365

One Year Later Part 3: The End Acrylic on canvas A project is nearly born, only a few more words, a few more strokes of brush on canvas, and CognEYEzant will be finished. Finished. This week, as I sat down to write and reflect on the end of this gargantuan, year-long project CognEYEzant, I realized…

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Day 362

Hopeful Burning: Inspired by Jesmyn Ward’s Quote “I burn, and I hope.” Ink on paper Just over one year ago “The Fire This Time”, a collection of essays and poems edited by author Jesmyn Ward, lit a fire within me. A fire kindled with just five words, “I burn, and I hope.” Just over one…

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Day 359

She Found the Moment, and Together We Existed: Almost Inside: Emoting Final Part* Watercolor and gouache on paper Reverence washed over the room as Alice Walker took the stage. In the moments that followed, for time had turned into moments, Walker’s words filled up the space between everyone sitting beneath the high ceilings. In a…

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