Hildy Maze – East Hampton, NY – http://hildymaze.com
This world is made of meanings that depends entirely upon our mind’s condition. Happily it is quite possible to train the mind to move from destructive habit to constructive habit in order to go beyond all habit into fluid realms of dynamically alive symbol of pure perception moving beyond the mind’s conditioning.
How we relate with our minds is a social engagement as well as a personal one, that is how we relate with the discursive thoughts that are constantly moving and changing. For me, drawing is a way of navigating my mind and it remains the fundamental vehicle of my practice. Drawing allows me to be at my most inventive and intuitive. My work has an environmental quality made in the context of dependent arising; that all things arise in dependence upon multiple causes and conditions, and impermanence, meaning they will age, become fragile, be affected by light yet will remain as those things we search for and cherish possibly in the attic or basement, an archeological site, or a memory. From an ongoing awareness of thoughts my work attempts to display an experience of this process, seeing thoughts and feelings, while neither good or bad, as passing empty reflections allowing thoughts and physical sensations to arise and cease naturally while imaging the psychological and emotional moments. These thoughts and emotions are not one, not two but beyond one and many.
From various points of view like passion, aggression, ignorance I investigate thru sign and symbol the discursive thought patterns and emotions that obscure the recognition of the basic nature of mind which is empty, lucid, clear, all- accommodating space continuously awake and aware. I’m interested in persuading the viewer from the boundaries of the image, to invite understandings beyond the confines of the painted picture. I share images and phrases that engage with matters beyond what is immediately visible, to relate with who we are as something deconstructed, uncreated, i.e. more expansive and gentle than our usual descriptions of ourselves.
Everything begins as thought, and then manifests as a physical reality. We are not going to fix the world without healing the patterns of thought that are driving the world into its present state. As an artist, perhaps I can put these issues in a new light—to get us to think differently about what the issues are and what the solutions could be relating to ourselves and the earth. The work is done as an invitation to focus inwardly. Contemplation and awareness are powerful tools that can change individuals, change old habits and build new ones, and ultimately, change society. Contemplative viewing both within and out can help us understand the interdependence of people and nature. Cultivating that awareness can enable a shift in habits that keep us stuck, and achieve the kind of creative thought and action society needs to respond effectively to climate change and long-term environmental threats and each other. How do we do that? Little by little on an individual basis, taking time to look and see.
Lynn Chatman – Coldspring, TX – http://www.lynnchatman.com
Marilyn Brown – Wherrol Flat, Australia
I have been drawing since I was a child, my interests being exclusively in horses and people. I studied art at school and, at the age of 15, was accepted into the prestigious East Sydney Technical College’s Commercial Art course. However, my parents were advised to keep me in school until I had completed my Leaving Certificate and I could still take up the course at that time. A further two years of schooling destroyed any desire for long-term study and all artistic pursuits were abandoned until, in 2009, I once more resumed my youthful occupation of drawing, both in graphite pencil and coloured pencil. I have also ventured into pastels and acrylics.