Tuesday, March 30, 2010

just as I cannot raise the sun

I would like to start with what art is,
but it is easier to say what art is not.
art is not asthetic
art is not recreating what is created,
art is not a photograph, in so much as you do not have a vision too,
but art is something:
a tear in the tarp that being born blocks the sky,
art is found fabric (with its own history) and you sew in your purpose,
the few crumble lessons you've picked up
on the trail to a witch's house
or the father's house
and let the twitches turn the path.
let the boulders block the rushing
white topped water as it makes its way home,
(and lift the soil as you go)
knowing only that home is true
and taking with it some few small truths:
that gravity gives and liquid property gives,
but having no clue to the vastness of
the ocean or even that it may be vast
but only that it is true. so it is with art,
you may not know what you are scratching
with your led into that dead-ironed tree,
but put into it what is true and
lay it on the alter of what is true,
knowing not what is wholly true
but perhaps the feeling of gravity's old bone pull
and liquid's cool shape-shifting window song,

and the soil you carried as you tumbled down
will feed the life of the ocean,
a place you never knew had life at all.

Friday, March 26, 2010

the discarded and inconvenient, the bi-product and un-productive.

drawings of old people.
drawn on trash.
an indictment.

by Danica Russell.

Friday, March 12, 2010

oil paint takes ages to dry

what is a man?
or a Man?
Is it a broad shoulder
long gate and crashing trails
or deep bearded voices that show no delight
or providing for something or someone?

is sewing the community for the feminine light footed ones?

is it facing our vices, our self service customer lust to
climb the ladder to the smoking attic,

sheeping the herd up the hill to be called a shepherd
and paid as a shepherd
more than caring for the flock?

Is it to face our vices?
Is it what 'If' tells me? I think so.

Is it coming to terms with the coming flood that
is now up to your knees and stumbling your forging step
that doesn't paint in the bold colors, someone promised, but
in gray painting water color, light pastels and earth tones,

saying I will not paint for you. Take your brush little boy
and make honest mistakes.