Stories

January 13, 2020 - The Crossing

 

 

The Crossing .

One day I will swim out to the seaweed.    And I swam for the longest time to know the place where I now rest.     But let me not forget to look far back into the distance.    Cast the mind before the deep unknown.    Feel the fear in every stroke as I made that crossing.     As I make it still each day.

(Clunk & Jam book, 2019.  Pictured, Hansel & Gretel).

 

December 6, 2019 - Toothache and a dream

 

 

The Artist Crime of The Century .

Imagine … sitting in the waiting room of a dentist surgery, flipping through a newspaper.  You spot a sketch of the proposed Twin Tower buildings in New York.  In that moment you decide, upon completion of the buildings, you will (illegally) string a tightrope wire between the towers (450 metres high) and attempt the impossible.  And you do it.  Not once, but you dance (and kneel and lay) along the wire, crossing back and forth 8 times.   Philippe Petite devoted years to making his dream a reality -along with loyal supporters.   A friend told me this story and recommended the movie ‘Man on Wire’.  I return to it time and time again for inspiration and strength – and the message that we must prepare our steps well but also be prepared to step back from the wire when those steps don’t feel right to take.

 

Find in Clunk & Jam book.  See ‘Man on Wire’ documentary film, 2008).

October 8, 2019 - Black Dogs Break ups and Drawing

 

 

September 14, 2019 - Thumbs Up To Nice Guys

 

 

Imagine a world that encouraged and valued nice guys…..Check out The Black Dog Story about difference.  And think about Good Difference and Strange Difference.

September 1, 2019 - Fremantle Art Centre Book Installation

 

 

To coincide with the opening of the 2019 Fremantle Art Centre Print Award,  a display including the new edition of Clunk & Jam will be in FOUND.  Thank you to India for putting so much time and love into setting up the display and Pia for the very warm support – always.

 

 

August 4, 2019 - Gone To The Dark

 

 

Up Above The World So High .

On the night you’ve gone to the dark, look to the black tinsel sky and see how small you really are.  Let it shrink, for a moment, the swell of emotion that engulfs you, anchoring you in your small and fleeting space, so you can feel the splinter of time that holds you here until the next.

(From book, ‘Clunk & Jam’).

For anyone who has experienced overwhelming sense of hopelessness and despair, you’ll know how hard it is pull up out of that space.    And it’s not always the ‘light’ that consoles us when in a dark space.   This poem arrived at a time when in the grip of one of these moments and how taking myself outside into the dark night and looking up at the stars helped put things in to perspective.   Offered reprieve and relief from the state of mind that gripped me ‘inside’.   And for those supporting someone in a dark space, it may be helpful to know that you don’t necessarily have to make things ‘bright’, ‘light’ or ‘right’ to help someone.  Sometimes just keeping them company, sitting quietly, can help to secure a line to something outside of the head space they feel lost and alone in.

The poem’s picture comes from the documentary film ‘Man on Wire’, about a French tightrope walker who strung a wire between the twin tower buildings in New York and did the impossible.

 

(Reposted from 2011)