Rewilding

Rewilding

I just finished a new drawing – part of this newer theme I’ve been dancing with. I like how Clarissa Pinkola Estes relates the wolf to the archetypal Wild Woman Self inside each of us. So the idea here is choosing to feed my inner wild self, which in turn feeds me; allowing myself to receive wisdom from my wild inner self, and showing thanks by letting her come out and play. Giving and receiving. A river of communication. The two fractionated selves slowly merge into a whole self.

Let yourself be what ya are and feel what ya feel and do what you feel moved to do. Sing and scream and shake and love and defend and feed and dance and dig and rest and snarl and spin and laugh and rejoice, rejoice, rejoice.

Listen to your gut.

Let yourself out to play.

Stop thinking so damn much, and just feel for a moment.

Collect the bones of your life and sing over them.

Feel the Earth holding you up.

Bare your teeth in a crazy grin.

Open the lines of communication.

Rewild yourself.

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Gettin’er done!

It’s been a productive weekend here in the studio. Hunkered down for a few days and lookit what happened! BAM. Finished all these guys that I had started a couple weeks ago. Queen West Art Crawl, I’m ready for ya!

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One of my roommates just told me that, for the most part, they look like a bunch of passport photos. How awesome is that?! C’mon down n’ geeeetchyer passport photo at Trinity Bellwoods in September. Ha ha!

Living Totem Pole

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Life looms easily,

We are so small within it.

I know as solidly as I can know anything

That everything is temporary

And that can be enough sometimes

To wait out the looming,

To work through it,

To find the next beautiful space.

Other times there is just so much all at once

That despite all my Knowing,

My Feeling is more than my Knowing

And I become a scared rabbit

Wanting only for a small, warm space

To hold me in silence and solitude

Until whatever-it-is has passed.

As I get older I learn to embrace pain and fear,

To let them move through me and find their way out again

Which doesn’t make it easy,

But I am always strong enough to find a smile within myself,

Understanding that there is more,

Always more,

Than this.

And so this time,

When the great So Much found me,

the Too Much,

the Can You Handle the Looming of Much,

I summoned up my protectors,

My strong animal friends,

And I drew myself safe within the belly of a bear,

Deep inside a creature of strength.

Not consumed,

But being recreated.

Safe in a womb, being nurtured and becoming More.

I draw on the strength of all these animals who nurture me and protect me,

And while I feel more powerful for calling them to me,

They are not coming to me

From away in the woods;

They together comprise who I am,

And, far from being in the belly of a bear,

It is they,

In fact,

Who are in

Me.

More sort-of newish type art.

I did these three in December, but as my website is too difficult for me to update (and thus I am planning on building a new one that I can understand in the not-too-distant future), these ones, along with anything else I’ve made in the last, oh, YEAR, are not up there. So now you can see them! Better yet, head on down to 3030 Dundas to catch the last few days of the show and see them in the flesh. Or in the pigment. Or whatever.

Please Mind the Gap

Before You Know It, Everything's Behind You

Beautiful Faltering

The Wild Domestic: Image 12 – Dinner Out

Experience the world from my perspective: finally, the exciting events of my everyday life, captured in photographs! What will I do next? Laundry? Ride the bus? Stay tuned to find out! Oh yeah, and I see people as different animals. All the time. 

This is part of an on-going photo series, originally seen in The Proof: a regular feature of torontoisawesome.com. Check back here to see one new image per week, every Tuesday. Scroll back through old posts to see the others that came before.

The Wild Domestic: Image 12 – Dinner Out

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The Wild Domestic: Image 8 – Art Show Set-Up

Experience the world from my perspective: finally, the exciting events of my everyday life, captured in photographs! What will I do next? Laundry? Ride the bus? Stay tuned to find out! Oh yeah, and I see people as different animals. All the time. 

This is part of an on-going photo series, originally seen in The Proof: a regular feature of torontoisawesome.com. Check back here to see one new image per week, every Tuesday. Scroll back through old posts to see the others that came before.

The Wild Domestic: Image 8 – Art Show Set-Up

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The Wild Domestic: Image 6 – Holiday Gatherings

This is part of an on-going photo series, originally seen in The Proof: a regular feature of torontoisawesome.com. Check back here to see one new image per week, every Tuesday. Scroll back through old posts to see the others that came before.

The Wild Domestic: Image 6 – Holiday Gatherings

The Wild Domestic Image 6: Holiday Gatherings

Alternate shots:

Holiday Gatherings alternate 1 Holiday Gatherings Alternate 2

The Wild Domestic: Image 3 – Fruit Market

This is part of an on-going photo series, originally seen in The Proof: a regular feature of torontoisawesome.com. Check back to see one new image per week. Scroll back through old posts to see the others that came before.

The Wild Domestic: Image 3 – Fruit Market

Alternate shots: