Archive for February, 2009

A Portrait of the Artist under Stress.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2009 by A.

dd 2.28.09       I would only like to say that a rearranging of the personality is involved,  a kind of new centering. That is why mandalas mostly appear in connection with chaotic psychic states of disorientation or panic.

                    C.G. Jung. from Mandala Symbolism

 

Three or four summers ago Brother Bruce did a tarot card reading for me in the back yard. After laying out the cards, the one for self, in the center is turned over. It is the Death card. Bruce paused, then said, “Impressive.”

Even longer ago I was kicking back in my ranger cabin in C-camp. Reading  “Shamanism, Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy” by Mircea Eliade. Hey, I was 24, a seasonal ranger, and a student at Evergreen. What else would I have been reading?

I unlined this passage. Remembered it, took it to heart you might say.  And have been working this lesson ever since.

…The Eskimo neophyte must undergo a great initiatory ordeal. Success in obtaining this experience requires his making a long effort of physical privation and mental contemplation directed to gaining  the ability to see himself as a skeleton…

Much I’m sure was lost from Eskimo to Russian, to German, to English. But what we are left with is this.

….Though no shaman can explain to himself how and why, he can, be the power his brain derives from the supernatural, as it were by thought alone divest his body of its flesh and blood, so that nothing remains but his bones. And he must then name all the parts of his body, mentioning every single bone by name; and in so doing, he must not use ordinary human speech, but only the the special and sacred shaman’s language which he has learned from his instructor. Be thus seeing himself naked, altogether freed from the perishable and transient flesh and blood, he consecrates himself, in the sacred tongue of the shamans, to his great task, through that part of his body which will longest withstand the action of the sun, wind and weather, after he is dead.”

 

I’m hoping that art will work for the language of the shaman. And that in whatever afterlife I might find my self in, I will at least know my own bones.

Late Post Apology

Posted in Daily Draw on February 24, 2009 by A.

 

Sorry for the missed posts. Life gets in the way of art sometimes. 

The technical difficulties the brain box has been experiencing, haven’t gone away. It is odd, I have often envied those who needed little sleep or just didn’t sleep. Think of all the time! But now that it has happen to me, I can tell you it sucks. You’re racked out to the bone, but sleep is just not happening. It makes you more than alittle sensitive, and a lot insane. If you see me in meat space, please forgive the weirder than usual behavior.

dd 2.24.09 

 

 

Ok, so I didn’t do todays DD like today.  I have been working on these collage books for two or three years now. This is the cover of book number three.

Where it is all about prayer, luck, rituals and charms.

The Daily Draw

Posted in Culture, Daily Draw on February 21, 2009 by A.

 

dd 2.21.09

The techs are on the trail of the neuro/chem/sleep zaps I’ve been having. We will be investagating deeper Monday with a EEG and MRI of my brains.

Mmmm, I love brains. There is a German, gay, zombie movie playing at the Tooth on the 26th, 10:30, one night only. “Otto, or up with Dead People.” has the coolest trailer. Check it out and I’ll see you in line.

The Daily Draw

Posted in Daily Draw on February 18, 2009 by A.

dd 2.18.09

The Daily Draw

Posted in Daily Draw on February 17, 2009 by A.

dd 2.17.09

Yeah, things still a little fuzzy. The techies are on it.

DD Day Late Post

Posted in Daily Draw on February 16, 2009 by A.

dd 2.15. 2 Late

The Daily Draw

Posted in Daily Draw on February 14, 2009 by A.

dd 2.14.09 big                           Mad Love from Life in Spenard!!!