pursuing perseverance

10 Apr

I figure i am actually at midpoint with “Tabula Memoria”, which makes me feel better. Mid point still means half again still to do, which makes me feel bad. I’m at Dithering Stage, second guessing, re-ordering threads to replace ones i’ve run out of, and measuring by the inch what goes where and why.

That darned second figure is *a* bugaboo right now. The aborted one is filed, and i’m re-figuring (snarf) how to do it so that it means what it’s supposed to mean. The centre of the top moon is *the* bugaboo though, has me bamboozled–not sure how i want to treat it. What does it mean when a moon is divided?

It’s also time to fill some negative space with some discrete, minimalist stitch for anchoring and to keep it “void” but not empty. My brain is trying to wrap around what it’s saying to me……i *know* what i mean, just can’t express it in words. Invisible memories. Impalpable boundaries. Undisclosed but there. Can something Not Be and Be?

Meow. Not Meow.



Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Commission, in progress, Tabula Memoria


7 responses to “pursuing perseverance

  1. Judy Martin

    April 11, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    What does it mean when a moon is divided? I am looking closely and it seems as if your moon is split. One side pulling one way and the other the other way, leaving a central point of serenity right in the middle? A profound center. where the horizontals pull away from and the vertical from heaven to earth crosses. A cross.

    I would have to draw this and talk to myself for a week to figure it out. Loving reading your description of your inner process. You describe it so well. xo

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    • arlee

      April 14, 2017 at 8:28 am

      Moons/circles/holes—is it a fat juicy globe that cocoons and nestles, or a fruit waiting to burst, spreading seeds and art fleshed out?


  2. Elizabeth Ingraham

    April 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Love the divided moon. And love the word dichotomy–which we westerners tend to think of as opposites but which could be regarded as a more dynamic way, as a balancing or dynamic tension between two seemingly contradictory elements or attributes. A more eastern, ying-yang view. Looking up dichotomy just now I found out it’s another word for half moon! (And there’s ambiguity in that half moon–is it waxing or waning?)

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    • arlee

      April 14, 2017 at 8:23 am

      I love word play, and often use poetry/phrases or more obscure meanings to interpret for textile work–i had no idea about the moon meaning for dichotomy–thank you!!


      • Elizabeth Ingraham

        April 14, 2017 at 8:28 am

        I didn’t either until I thought to check the definition while I was posting! (And most of my work really starts in language not image. Pisses me off when my colleagues insist all ideas must begin with drawing.)

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        • arlee

          April 14, 2017 at 8:48 am

          I write a heck of a lot more than i sketch! if we all worked the same way, it would be a damned boring world.


  3. Mo Crow

    April 18, 2017 at 10:10 am

    ” In Madasgascar, large white “goat’s eye” beads can miraculously bring the wearer things that do not actually exist, and so are deemed particularly magical.”
    from page 101 of “Amulets : a world of secret powers, charms and magic” by Sheila Paine Thames & Hudson 2004
    “All our language is composed of brief little dreams; and the wonderful thing is that we sometimes make of them strangely accurate and marvelously reasonable thoughts. What should we be without the help of that which does not exist? Very little. And our unoccupied minds would languish if fables, mistaken notions, abstractions, beliefs, and monsters, hypotheses, and the so-called problems of metaphysics did not people with beings and objectless images our natural depths and darkness. Myths are the souls of our actions and our loves. We cannot act without moving towards a phantom.”
     – Paul Valéry

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