Day 285

Uses for Idealism: A Finished Piece Gouache and ink on paper The dictionary describes idealism, philosophically*, as, “any of various systems of thought in which the objects of knowledge are held to be in some way dependent on the activity of mind.” Growing up, an ideal life unfolded within my imagination, a life I watched…

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Day 284

Wild Peace: Inspired by Wendell Berry’s poem The Peace of Wild Things India ink on paper The Peace of Wild Things is a point of stillness in this fast world. The words culmunate to remind us to remember that we are a part of Nature, and through our wilderness, we might find peace. You can…

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Day 283

Never looking, always watching: Inspired by The Guerrilla Girls’ Art Assignment “The Art of Complaining” Ink, graphite, and gouache on paper Art is a form of expression, just as it is a record keeper. Day 283 is inspired by those gorilla masks, the ones you just may have seen, that strengthen the art world, the…

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Day 279

Curious Window Eyes: Inspired by Beyte Saar’s “The Black Girl’s Window” Gouache on paper Betye Saar collects bits of the world, listens to the stories they tell, and shares those stories through her artwork. Her 1969 piece Black Girl’s Window caught my attention with it haunting certainty while I was taking the MOMA’s Coursera Modern…

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Day 277

Sibling Visión: Sonja’s Birthday: Part 4 Digital photograph Fifteen years ago today she took her first breath. The first daylight melted through the windows, the room foggy after our mothers labor, our faces stuck in perpetual anticipation. My tiny hands clung to the side of the tub, waiting, watching.  In the nine months leading up…

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Day 276

A Time for Story: Inspired by Shakespeare and Hamlet Illustrated by John Austen Ink and India ink on paper As children we soak up the culture and world around us, both instinctually and knowingly. In the first few years of our lives we learn what is essential to human interaction, we learn to communicate, to…

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Day 272

Universal Minds: Inspired by Panpsychism and Siri Hustvedt Watercolor, ink, and India ink on paper As children, many of us play with stuffed animals, filling them with our imaginations until the cloth and stuffing come alive. At times when I was little, I convinced myself that my stuffed animals, those creatures who gave me comfort…

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