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Dance of World-Building

Dance of World-Building, 2023

Size: 10x10

Media: Ink on paper

ABOUT THE SERIES

I've long been interested in the enso (the Zen Buddhist practice of creating a single-stroke painting of a circle with total attention). I had been making them in the traditional way with a paintbrush, but the more I did that, the more I wanted the process to be more physical, to involve more of me. So I began making ensos using my forearm. I lay the paper on the table and pour some ink on one corner, then lean my whole forearm in the puddle and rotate around my elbow. This process led me to eventually make much larger paintings, using both arms as well.

Meanwhile, my partner, Qayyum Johnson, and I have been honoring the moon cycle since the summer of 2019. Each new moon and full moon Qayyum writes a poem and I create a painting. Sometimes Qayyum writes the poem and I make a painting in response to that. Sometimes the other way around. Sometimes we both create from the inspiration of the moon. 

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This poem that Qayyum wrote in response to this painting. We were both responding to the new moon on May 19, 2023.

Hatchling Moon

—for Barry Lopez & Gary Snyder

New Moon   May 19, 2023

 

I am singed—as in burned—

by the radiance of spring

 

our circle of longing

menstrual red

drift of pollen

sizzle of insects

drizzle of out sex

this lust for sky

a dance of world-building

 

here is how it is

 

we the people dream

sensitive & wise

who notice climate changes

raise our young to see

listen

sing

know

wildflowers

in the thalweg

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Media: Ink on paper

ABOUT THE SERIES

My partner, Qayyum Johnson, and I have been honoring the moon cycle since the summer of 2019. Each new moon and full moon Qayyum writes a poem and I create a painting. Sometimes Qayyum writes the poem and I make a painting in response to that. Sometimes the other way around. Sometimes we both create from the inspiration of the moon. 

SUBSCRIBE

If you'd like to receive the moon poems & paintings in your inbox each month, you can sign up to receive them for free at artmonastery.org/subscribe.

 

This poem that Qayyum wrote in response to this painting. We were both responding to the new moon on May 19, 2023.

Hatchling Moon

—for Barry Lopez & Gary Snyder

New Moon   May 19, 2023

 

I am singed—as in burned—

by the radiance of spring

 

our circle of longing

menstrual red

drift of pollen

sizzle of insects

drizzle of out sex

this lust for sky

a dance of world-building

 

here is how it is

 

we the people dream

sensitive & wise

who notice climate changes

raise our young to see

listen

sing

know

wildflowers

in the thalweg

 

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