Ginkgo WINGS 2013-2014

Ginkgo WINGS  2013-2014

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WHEREAMI NOVEMBER 2013 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;W/HERE AM I?                                CATHERINE L. JOHNSON   2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/where-am-i-here-i-am-can-you-see-me/

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GinkgoWINGS: OPENY/OURCLOSEDWINGSNOW 2013 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;OPEN YOUR CLOSED WINGS NOW          CATHERINE L. JOHNSON   2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/ginkgowings-portfolio-2013-ginkgowings-open-your-closed-wings-now-ginkgo-symbol-of-hope-tenacity-profound-endurance-bachs-goldberg-variations/

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GinkgoWINGS: WHEREISS/HEGOING 2013 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;WHERE IS S/HE GOING?             CATHERINE L. JOHNSON   2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/ginkgowings-portfolio-2013-ginkgowings-where-is-she-going-ginkgo-symbol-of-hope-tenacity-profound-endurance-16-december-beethovens-birth-date-beethoven-romance-no-2-in-f-major-o/

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GinkgoWINGS: WILLIRISE_DECEMBER 2013 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;WILL I RISE?                     CATHERINE L. JOHNSON   2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/ginkgowings-portfolio-ginkgowings-willirise-ginkgo-symbol-of-hope-tenacity-profound-endurance-nina-simone-aint-got-no-i-got-life/

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GinkgoWINGS: RISERISERISEWEWILLRISE 2014 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;RISERISEIRISEWEWILLRISERISE          CATHERINE L. JOHNSON   2014
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/ginkgo-wings-portfolio-2013-2014-ginkgo-wings-riseriseirisewewillriserise-2014-ginkgo-symbol-of-hope-tenacity-profound-endurance-maria-callas-sempre-libera-la-traviata/

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GinkgoWINGS: BREATHEINHALEHOPE 2014 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;BREATHEINHALEHOPE                  CATHERINE L. JOHNSON   2014
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/ginkgo-wings-portfolio-ginkgo-wings-breatheinhalehope-2014-ginkgo-symbol-of-hope-tenacity-profound-endurance-charles-lloyd-and-jason-moran-hagars-son/

 

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Ginkgo WINGS  2013-2014

Mixed Media on Board  16″ H x 10.5″ W

 

 

 

 

 

Matteson Suites: THE WILDERNESS SONGS 2002

Matteson Suites: THE WILDERNESS SONGS 2002

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A collection of over twenty works.

Graphite lines are drawn, erased. redrawn. erased and redrawn on heavyweight archival board; cut;  re-assembled into a whole unified work, and, finally, mounted on heavyweight archival board.

Various horizontal formats from 3 to 6 panels likened to Japanese screen paintings.

The top work shown is Matteson Suites: THE WILDERNESS SONGS #1   7″H x 21″W 

Drawings on panels presented in a horizontal format. Filmic lexicon: spatial and temporal continuity and/or discontinuity, then unified as a whole: creating an essential sustaining moment. Visual haikus.

 Private Collections.

LOVE LOVE LOVE FEAR 2009

LOVE LOVE LOVE FEAR 2009

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Nine works in the series.

Mixed media on board: graphite and  white paint.

Measurements of shown piece: 15″H x 22″W

The works are in both in diptych and triptych formats. The various word combination and sequence of the word/concept love and fear, the various formats and the energy of the lines is the composition: it is what it is.

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scared/sacred 

It is what it is: moving, grace, dancing, stopping, giving, releasing, receiving, falling, quiet, opening, seizing, capsizing, balancing, unfolding, ending, beginning, beautiful, confusing, pursuing, distancing, epiphany, turning, releasing, divine gift, gentle, contradictory, changing, improvisational, explosive, tender, quiet, dynamic, releasing, subtle, bold, swinging, luminous, crying, laughing, amazing, energy, paralyzing, welcoming, releasing, flowing, ecstatic, breaking, forgiving, rapturous, evolving, revolutionary, opening, wide, supple and the life of life. 

Breath by breath by breath.

Wave by wave by wave.

Catherine L. Johnson

 

Fear is prison of the heart. Anonymous

 

scared/sacred

 

Ladders: Fear is mean and inpatient, climb low. Love is kind and patient, climb high. 

 

scared/sacred

 

A man who is swayed by negative emotions may have good enough intentions, may be truthful in word, but he will never find the truth. 

Gandhi

 

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation. 

Rainier Maria Rilke

 

The day will come when, after harnessing the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of Love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. 

Teilhard de Chardin

 

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away

Dorothy Parker

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For further information, please click:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/fearcouragecouragefear-mask-the-second-face-i-am-not-myself/

 

 

 

ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE I-X PORTFOLIO 2014

ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE I-X PORTFOLIO 2014

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#1 ALLTHETHINGSTOUARE CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2014; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE  #1                                                                             

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#2 ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2014;CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE #2                                                             

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#3 ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2014; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE #3                                                          

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#4 ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2014;CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE #4                                                    

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#5 ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2014; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE #5                                                            

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#6_ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2014; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE #6                                                                   

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#7 ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2014; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE #7                                                               

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#8 ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2014; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE #8                                                            

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#9 ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2014; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE #9                                                        

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#10 ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2014;CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE #10                                                             

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10 collages. Measurements range within 12″H  x 22″W.

Each collage is an improvisation, a visual riff, samplings from this beautiful love song created in 1939 by JEROME KERN (lyrics) and OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II (music). Jane Matteson introduced me to this song – it was the love song shared/between her love Robert Matteson.

 

It is my favorite love song.

 

The song describes a romantic love that is a natural, an ever-changing sacred energy, not a tether, nor a possession, but, an adventurous exploration of a majestic, expansive, improvisational open field full of wonder and humility, an ever evolving breath of the very life of life itself.

 

 

Love is the promised kiss of springtime!!!

 

I started the portfolio in the beginning of the springtime of 2014, and completed the portfolio  towards the end of  summer –  still beholding + enveloping the vestiges of spring’s chartreuse.

 

To enlarge and for details of the images, please click on each image.

 

For further information, please click:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/allthethingsyouare-i-x-portfolio-summer-201

 

 

IWISHIKNEW 2011

IWISHIKNEW 2011

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Mixed Media on board.  Each work measures: 14″ H x 10″ W
 

A cycle of original paintings based on Dr. Billy Taylor’s lyric: 

“I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE”.

 

Private Collections.

 

Layers of blue color and incised line with white paint passed onto the surface with a squeegee and then washed off and repeat and swept once again and again- until the surface becomes like looking deeply into an atmospheric night sky- or a deep blue blackboard that had years of writing that was wiped away after each story, fact, equation, etc, was told – like layers of experience written on a heart- almost imperceptible yet still sounds if you listen with wonder.

A cycle of six original paintings.

The first painting was created on New Year’s Day 2011 and the last on 4 February 2011.

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free Dr. Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas 

Nina Simonewww.youtube.com/watch?v=-TarrSrx4v0

Billy Taylor: www.youtube.com/watch?v=brBtTluod_w

 

I wish I knew how
It would feel to be free
I wish I could break
All the chains holdin’ me
I wish I could say all the things
That I should say
Say ’em loud
Say ’em clear
For the whole wide world to hear

Music making love/love making Music:

The private rhythm of breathing.

Primal pas de deux. 

Instinct, no posing.

Call and response, rhythmic, swinging, deeper: inhale and exhale.

Heightened sensibility, subtlety and sensitivity.

Lovemaking is creating an intimate gospel song in unison.

Present moments of call and response slowly, and suddenly opening up the vault of bliss.

 

Passion and love is not black or white.

Passion, an authentic life force, is a sacred energy not a color.

Strength in honest vulnerability.

No shiny shoes.

No outside soundtrack.

Pure and simple.

Beautiful.

Balanced.

Belief.

The very is of IS.

 

Presence, you touch me and I touch you, breath to breath. 

Freedom.

Honest.

Open heart.

Open field.

No possession.

A revolution from fear’s tyranny.

Welcoming the stillness and wonder of love.

 

Expansive.

Catherine L. Johnson

Halo: The Prayer Wheel 2003

Halo: The Prayer Wheel 2003

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Improvisations.

A collection of whirling whorls of iridescent of silver or gold paint on various colors of board or heavyweight archival paper. The measurements varied from one work to the next.  The largest works measured 40″ H x 26″ W.

Private collections.

With eyes shut, I would hold a white crayon and draw circles on the surface. Eyes open, the paint brush full of paint was laid on the concentric circles – the crayon resisted the paint. Each work presented a document of actions: pentimento of temporal/spatial energy.

The works records intensifying energy necessary to unleash a bound form into whorls of ever expanding new gospel songs.

A world traveler told me, upon viewing my unfolding new series, Halo: The Prayer Wheel,  about the Tibetan Buddhist practice of spinning prayer wheels found in homes and in public. The action of  spinning a prayer wheel releases compassionate energy within every individual into the world.  I was stunned by this new knowledge – and. felt the jolt of universal divinity!

The catalyst of the series was the synchronicity of two profound events:
the dying of my beloved friend, Jane Matteson, with her soul turning to heaven and America’s invasion of Iraq.

 

 

For further information:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/23-august-8twenty-third-august-23/

 

 

CRaDLE. WiNG. ShiP. 2009

CRaDLE. WiNG. ShiP. 2009

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Collection of 12 works. Various horizontal dimensions.

CRaDLE. WiNG. ShiP. #3   16″H x 25″W.  Mixed media on board. Private Collection.

 

My work is an experience, that needs an ACTUAL encounter for its truth. It is likened to viewing a photograph of a lover in contrast to reveling in the actual presence of the
beloved – a real commUnIcation.

So it is with ALL my work.

Sweet songs singing loving lullabies sheltering throughout voyages in air, on land and through waters.

 

No matter the storm soul story, welcoming with a soothing welcoming sigh: hello….hello. I see you. You are home sweet home sweet.

Veiling and unveiling.

 

The interplay and the interstices of all the elements.

Call and response.

Constant dialogue: whirling, overlapping, unifying and in silence creating new maps and lexicons.

The quiet point between the inhale and exhale: suffusing morning radiance.

 

We create and become the oxygen we breathe.

 

LET IT BE:

sweet
loving
patient
pure
gentle
resilient
clear

inspiring

true

HAPPY

courage
simple
calm
balancing
rising
compassionate
SWEET
HOME
sweet
LET IT BE

inhale/exhale

At last….

Catherine L Johnson

 

For further information: 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/crescent-waxing-moon-bjork-glenn-gould/

CreSCENTwaTERmoON 2009

CreSCENTwaTERmoON 2009

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A collection of several pieces.

 

 Shown: CreSCENTwaTERmoON #1   Measurements: 9.5″H x 13.5″W.  Mixed media on board. Private collection.

 

My work is an experience, that needs an encounter for its truth. It is likened to viewing a photograph of a lover in contrast to reveling in the actual presence of the beloved- a real commUnIcation.

So it is with ALL my work.

The interplay of dark and light in both the lunar phases and the yin/yang principles: revealing and obscuring; opposing forces which are interconnected and interdependent; complementary opposites constantly interacting, never exisiting in stasis; opposing yet rooted together and transforming the other, cyclical- every rising transforms to a fall and the falling transforms to a rising.

Dynamic and changing balance, not a force but the interactions and interrelations of natural forces.

Not static and separated, but the interplay, the interchange such as the alternation of day and night.

All in relationship: call and response.

Full moon and new moon.

Feminine and masculine.

Dark and light.

Fear and desire.

Inter-transformation: one can change into the other, but it is not a random event, occuring only when the time is right. Spring only comes when Winter is finished.

The cycle of the lunar phases are a complete balancing of revealing and obscuring the reflected light of the sun. The waxing crescent moon and waning crescent moon indicate toward or away of luminosity in real time.

Listen to the whisper of light
Shining on you.

Listen to the moonrise
Disclosing your pleasure.

Listen to the heat of my skin
Revealing your bliss.

Listen to my gradual perfume
Astounding your joy.

Catherine L. Johnson

 

 

For further information:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/the-writings-herhymns-be-brave-lullaby-i-thou-poem-a-lullaby-for-a-lover-catherine-l-johnson-interdisciplinary-artist-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/the-bright-blessed-day-the-dark-sacred-night/

 

LOTUS a cycle of sixteen works 2010

LOTUS a cycle of sixteen works 2010

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LOTUS20TEN: YOURVOICEISMYLULLABY+LOTUSBLOOM 2010 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;
YOUR VOICE IS MY LULLABY AND LOTUS BLOOM

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A cycle of sixteen works.

A series of the five senses.

SensUal/SensUous

Mixed media on board. Each work measures 28″ H x 22″ W.

Each work has writing that sings/calls to and with the lotus image and invokes one of the five senses.

Each work is a song and a synthesis between the senses, water, depths of love and lotus blooms.

Visual layers, veils, layers, layers of soundwhisperssongslullabygospelrisingwhispersound.

A/live.

Rhythm and balance- is a beautiful work of art and love.

 

For further information:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/you-are-cordially-invited-to-the-third-annual-lowertown-art-show-24-october-24-november-2013-catherine-l-johnson-lotus20ten-yourvoiceismylullabylotusbloom-the-lotus-20ten-portfolio-a-cycle/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/08/15/lotus-lotus-sutra-blooming-heart-light/

The roots of a lotus are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water, and the heavily scented pristine flower lies above the water, basking in the sunlight.

This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment.

Rhythm and balance – is a beautiful work of art and love.

I looove the art of Esperanza Spalding: a cascade of
glistening stars swinging and soaring through the night sky!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=15M62OtLrBQ

looove the work of J.Dilla. AWEmazing…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z2vMBuOxFM&feature=related
J. Dilla Think Twice
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ncSt5xC8Uk
J. Dilla Nothing Like This

All of jazz vocalist rene marie’s breath of truth.

 

 

The sixteen names of each work can be found below my poem…

ThoU and I/I and ThoU

Come to me with your coal and diamonds:

with your armor and secrets;

with your sweet water;

with the vast blue sky in your mouth and ear;

with your worn and eternal humanity;

and

with your desire to open your blood 
to love.

Come to me with your root and veins:

in mud and debris;
in fear and bitterness;
in uncertainty and tears;
in shreds and shame; and
in belief and faith
to love.

Come to me with your hands open:
to breathe;

to fall;
to rise;
to break open; and
to speak and sing
to love.

Come to me with touch and a soft candle:

for no language;
for music;
for unbound universes;
for unmade bed cathedrals; and
for joy 
to love.

Come to me to release the divinity:

of all the colors and tastes and sounds of true blue;
of once excruciating scars;
of nourishing and unspeakable sex;
of gentle caress; and
of being found
to love.

As a gospel song of freedom,
I will respond the same
for you.
To, for and with love.

Catherine L. Johnson
24 June 2010

The LOTUS 20TEN– a cycle of sixteen works created during the summer of 2010.

YOUR SIGHT IS MY WATER AND LOTUS DREAM

YOUR TASTE IS MY BLISS AND LOTUS BLOOM

YOUR SCENT IS MY SWEET LOTUS CUP

YOUR TOUCH IS MY LOTUS SONG SUNG

YOUR VOICE IS MY ROOT AND LOTUS

YOUR VOICE IS MY LULLABY AND LOTUS BLOOM

YOUR VOICE IS MY LOTUS METEOR AND EROS

YOUR VOICE IS MY DOVE AND LOTUS BLOOM

YOUR VOICE IS MY PELVIS AND LOTUS WING

YOUR VOICE IS MY LOTUS AND PELVIS

YOUR VOICE IS MY HEART AND LOTUS BLOOM

YOUR VOICE IS MY DIAMOND AND LOTUS BLOOM

YOUR VOICE IS MY WILDERNESS AND LOTUS BLOOM

YOUR VOICE IS MY HOME AND LOTUS BLOOM

YOUR LOVE IS MY EROS AND LOTUS BLOOM

YOUR LOVE IS MY LOVE AND LOTUS BLOOM

Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature. By and by
love becomes not a relationship, it becomes a state of your being. Not that you are in love – now you are love.

OSHO

Truly to sing, that is a different breath.
Rainer Maria Rilke

A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development.

But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.
Rainer Maria Rilke

All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and
greet each other.

Rainer Maria Rilke

Language is for non-lovers, those who are not in love. For lovers,
silence is enough language. Without saying anything, they go on
speaking.
OSHO

Become loving. When you are in the embrace, become the embrace.Become the kiss.

 

Forget yourself so totally that you can say, “I am no more. Only love exists.” Then the heart is not beating, but love is beating. Then the blood is not circulating, but love is circulating.

Then eyes are not seeing, love is seeing. Then hands are not moving to touch, love is moving to touch.

Become love and enter everlasting life. Love suddenly changes your dimension. You are thrown out of time and you are facing eternity.

Love can become a deep meditation, the deepest possible. Lovers have known sometimes what saints have not known. 

OSHO

Listening is one of the basic secrets of entering into the temple of God. Listening means passivity. Listening means forgetting yourself completely – only then can you listen. When you listen attentively to somebody, you forget yourself. If you cannot forget yourself, you never listen. If you are too self-conscious about yourself, you simply pretend that you are listening – you dont listen. You may nod your head; you may sometimes say yes and no, but you are not listening. When you listen, you become just a passage, a passivity, a receptivity, a womb: you become feminine. And to arrive one has to become feminine. You cannot reach God as aggressive invaders, conquerors. You can reach God only…or it will be better to say God can reach you only when you are receptive, a feminine receptivity. When you become yin, a receptivity, the door is open – and you wait. Listening is the art for becoming passive.

OSHO

Thou and I/I and Thou
Lotus Heart Tantra is about seeing the Divine in the other, and seeing the Divine within oneself -communing as Divines together in ultimate polar-union-integration. Its about raising our energy to that of the higher vibrations of the Divine and thus being more aligned with our essential self. The practice of sacred sex fuels connection and nourishes the soul –lover and the beloved– in ecstatic harmony. 

Sound. Music. / Music. Sound.

A small commissioned work, YOUR LOVE IS MY LOVE AND LOTUS BLOOM, was placed in a private collection in South Asia.

 

 

 

MERCY MERCY MERCY 2008

MERCY MERCY MERCY 2008

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A series.

Improvisations.

Mixed media on board. Each measures: 16″H x 38″ to 40″ W. 

Drawn, painted over, drawn, cut, composed and created.

Please note: my work is an experience, that needs an ACTUAL encounter for its truth.

It is likened to viewing a photograph of a lover in contrast to reveling in the actual presence of the beloved-a real commUnIcation.

So it is with ALL my work.

Spirituals calling out: 

“Were I with thee / Wild nights should be / Our luxury”*;

an internal tsunami. 

* Emily Dickinson

The work is naked, a pure breath lifted from the heartspine; a solo trumpet echoing splendor; dances spliced into one;
blueprints; heaven; blue of ancient Ming vases holding lullabies and desire.

Primal elegance.

Silence 
provides beautiful stillness-not absence,
beautiful stillness.

COURAGE IS serene LOVE / serene LOVE IS COURAGE

For further information:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/frank-oceans-blonde-blond-brilliantsensual-dreaming-a-thought-that-could-dream-about-a-thought-that-could-think-of-the-dreamer-in-the-thought-frank-oceans-endless/