Born in Los Angeles, California, year of the White Metal Tiger, I now explore a new cycle of elements and mysteries in a life still evolving. Mother, sister, aunt, friend, and writer am I. Always a witness to what the world offers, even the unasked for losses and unanticipated gifts, my mind is restless and inquisitive. I take comfort from the un-man-made world and whatever wild amazing wildness can still counter despair.
The tagline was changed to “Nomadic Spirit” in 2013 [see post of 9/3/2013] because it fits better with who I am and how I move through life. I also learned that “unpacking” has become quite the jargon word among academics, though, and I decline to be compartmentalized by that camp even though the quote below still speaks to me. The tagline for the original site launch (2011) came from a quote by Michael Kimmelman, writing in The New York Times (7/23/2011) about his friend, the painter Lucien Freud. Kimmelman’s quote alluded to the artist’s subject matter:
The real world, stripped bare, already presented unfathomable strangeness and fascination. An artistic life should exhaust itself trying to unpack it.
I work with words, images, and whatever comes to mind, heart, hands. However, my focus is described accurately by the above quote and I am now in the process of unpacking it. At this point in my life I am unpacking it: letting go, claiming, reclaiming, and most of all, unlearning in order to really learn. Sometimes poetry, more often prose, an occasional image or all interconnected.