Saturday, March 5, 2011


 Artists on Art
Part of Free Fridays

Nina Paley is the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues, which has been screened at over 150 film festivals and won more than 35 international awards, including the Annecy Grand Crystal, the IFFLA Grand Jury Prize, and a Gotham Award.

She was wonderful - sharing her process of working in her new enterprise of free form art quilting (painting and drawing with sewing techniques).  She, and the series curator led us around to the Museums amazing examples to illustrate wave forms, spirals, fire and cloud shapes.  It is no simple copying that takes place, more like absorbing a vocabulary of form, and translating it to her own art vocabulary - developing a palette of shapes and colors.  This is a process similar to musical learning, where first one learns the scales, practices, makes them  automatic, then plays the piece a hundred times until it is entirely ones own singular interpretation. This is how all art, and all artists work-Absorb-Translate-Manifest.
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 All art is cross-cultural influence
made manifest in each moment through the lens of individual artists
Categorizing and naming is for the critics and historians
Artists are the free form instruments crossing all boundary lines
 Artists unite what was separated
Nothing is not the result of all that had come before.

 I wandered around all the exhibitions, stopping here:
fragment of a diagram meant as guide for learning 
One Prominent Buddhist Story
Avalokiteśvara vowed never to rest until he had freed all sentient beings from samsara.

-In modern parlance, samsara refers to a place, set of objects and possessions, but originally, the word referred to a process of continuous pursuit or flow of life. In accordance with the literal meaning, the word should either refer to a continuous stream of
consciousness, or the continuous but random drift of passions, desires, emotions, and experiences-

Despite strenuous effort, he realizes that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, his head splits into eleven pieces. Amitabha Buddha, seeing his plight, gives him eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokiteśvara attempts to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that his two arms shattered into pieces. Once more, Amitabha Buddha comes to his aid and invests him with a thousand arms with which to aid the suffering multitudes.  Find more details at: 

Construction of a Sand Mandala.
(approximately 10 minutes)

Time Lapse Mandala
(approximately 1 minute)


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