“Restored to Center from Struggle toward Triumph- In C by Terry Riley”

This morning because I felt the need to be restored to center, I found myself listening to Terry Riley’s “IN C”, and re reading from “Susan McClary “Rap, Minimalism and Structures of Time in Late Twentieth-Century Culture.” in Audio Culture, Daniel Warner, ed, Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004, pp 289 – 298.” (Yes, I guess I am a little geeky when it comes to my reading habits). What struck me, although I am using it out of context, is her phrase “subjective struggle toward triumph”.

Repetition and geometry have helped me “center” (thus avoiding struggle) over my whole lifetime: saying the Rosary, looking carefully at the elegant design of flowers, dancing, taking joy in understanding equations, and being attentive to the comfort I find in the structure of Minimalistic music. The exhaustion from my strong emotional response to the pain and brokenness in society as the sides “struggle toward triumph”, has directed me back to the nurture I find in the cyclic repetition and geometry of the music of Terry Riley.

8.5″x11″ Canson Museum Rag, archival inks

“We Stick Together Like Glue”

” 30″x30″ Silk on linen, cotton and metallic floss and thread.

This represents my wonder- filled- 40- plus- years with my beloved Mark,. If I have to be at home with almost no social interaction for months , I am blessed to be living with my very best friend, companion and lover. We have been most happily at home together on our second honeymoon. And we do stick together like glue.

My Work at the Akwaaba Gallery

My prints are what you see on the left number 5,6 and 7 from the door as you enter the gallery Three pieces are titled “Stick Together Like Glue”, “I’m Building A Rocket Ship To Get Me Out of Jersey” and “Covid-19 Fear and Hope” Please use the 3-D walk through below to experience this show.

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“Covid 19 – Fear and Hope”

This piece  is based on my experience with my initial fear of the “VIRUS” and my decision to continue joyfully in the midst. It reads from left to right with the rigid as the pressure of fear, and the right side is me saying to my fears I intend to live lovingly, joyfully and always with hope. “Covid 19- Fear ad Hope” is hand sewn and embroidered silk on linen with cotton, metallic and hemp floss and thread 48″x48″ .

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Sound & Sense Responses of a Synesthete