Alchemical breathing

It’s been the oddest time of late. And yet not entirely unexpectedly odd. Collectively, we on Earth have brought ourselves to a strange and delicate state. I’ve been dealing with upswells of anxiety and I mention this because I suspect I’m not alone in it. While I try to examine myself for local causes, I wonder if I’m not also ‘catching the wave’ of our shared uncertainty: what is dying, and what will be born?

I’ve noticed that this particular malaise responds better to rich interchange than to prolonged introspection. And yesterday, my antidote: these floating vessels, boats beneath the ice. Neither full nor empty, they are held, turned, lifted, lowered, and drifted through veils of light and dark — utterly responsive to the element in which they find themselves.

Claire Beynon: Descend, Ascend — oil and liquin on paper

Claire Beynon and Kate Alterio’s collaborative art and jewelery exhibition, ALCHEMY, runs for another week at The Artist’s Room here in Dunedin. Recalling the excited buzz of opening day, I was grateful to find myself alone this time. Within the work itself, many portals invite entry, as do the tiny painted brooch- and pendant-scapes inside each of which a world awaits. Spokes, shafts or upwellings of light draw the eye to previously unobserved vistas; pairs or collections of figures entice the viewer to join their quiet talks and explorations…

…and the boats: today in silent, calming rise and fall, the boats and I are breathing.

5 responses to “Alchemical breathing”

  1. You can definitely see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren¡¯t afraid to say how they believe. Always go after your heart.

  2. Well, I’d have to write it in LARGE PRINT for my own 100-year-old eyes. But gee, thanks, Kay.

  3. Pen – I want you to do my eulogy! You have SUCH a way with words! 🙂 (Tho’ I won’t require your services for another half century!)

  4. Ah yes, it’s our sense of community that keeps us sane and on an even keel – all the distinctive, funny, sad, silly, annoying and valuable things about it – the people.

    I’m pleased to hear of Claire’s exhibition which I shall visit next week.