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Our project was simple: both of us sit in front of the same window every Sunday. One would describe in pictures; the other, poetry. The aim: to capture through shared art practice what the anecdote presents as an exaggerated condition of time. At session number thirty or so, we knew the experience had already been successful.
Here are some of the latest images (podcasts, videos, and other media on the project available throughout our blog).
These squares represent the passage, roughly, from fall to winter, or late October to November. Each page of the sketch pad is window-eye’s view of a calendar month, four Sundays.
Above, is a draft—only a snippet of Sara’s prodigious writing output during a single Sunday session. Each session runs about two hours long, by the way, and by the end of a typical stint, Sara goes through several pages of drafting.
We give thanks this holiday season for the gifts of togetherness and time, which this project both reflects and honors in our lives.
We are proud to debut our latest almanac. This one has been a summer in the making. In paint, poetry, and clay, we tell the story of our adventures with the 'vital things' around us.
As this almanac developed, it became a world, or at least, a way of looking at the world.
The more we worked at our tiles, and as Sara worked out the poetry that graces the margins, we noticed how the whole piece works as a kind of 3-D tarot deck and even a playable game. Each panel in the middle three rows offers a fortune. Here's a sample of some of those fortunes:
Can you tell this person's fortune? Using this piece you can. First, let the person ask our Podmanac a question. Then, let them roll three dice, each corresponding to a different row of our Almanac.
Then, interpret the trio of tiles thus rolled. If the above were the hand rolled, it would be a good fortune indeed.
From Row I, Animal: The Doe --A tile that means circumstances may arise to tax the asker's patience. Success will come, but only as a result of not acting and not right away.
From Row II, Plant: Coneflower --This card indicates that you will celebrate a wealth of medicinal influences in your life. These could be physically, spiritually, or emotionally medicinal. In this context, this could mean that your current efforts at patience will prove to be healing and prevent your future pain.
From Row III, Mineral: The Engineer (the best card you can get in the mineral row) --Means you're a master of the materials around you. Since this is the third card, one could say ultimate success (becoming the Engineer) comes for this asker once achieving the state of virtuous healing and stillness symbolized in the Coneflower.
The blooms of our garden claim pride of place in "Vital Things." Their vibrant colors command the middle row and the viewer's gaze.
A favorite component of this Almanac is the frame. Made up of decoupage strips delicately torn from antique newspapers, some of them over two hundred years old, the frame bears witness to the ordered miscellany of the world.
The world is full of them....
Michael and I were delighted to have some of our details from Almanac #2 featured in TYPO's 29th issue this week. And we're so very proud to be listed as co-creators with so many accomplished writers!
We created Almanac #2 in December, so many of the images and poems have a distinctively festive spirit.
Below, you'll see a poem about the oldest tree in the world, written in the shape of a Christmas tree cookie. Next to it, a collage orchestrates an ensemble of old newspaper and wrapping paper to sing a carol about broken ornaments.
Perhaps our favorite is this tribute to our daughter and her love of jellicle cats.
On the left, you see Michael's painting of her in full jellicle costume, and on the right, Sara's remix of T.S. Eliot's "The Naming Of Cats." Altogether, it is a girl power anthem!
Almanac #2 is a window into our winter memories.