HER-story:

With words and images, I am telling my story. Through art, through sculpture, I am remembering HERstory...
CASIMIRA

Saturday, March 31

el reino de los duendes

2007 "FAIRY BOUQUET" photographic study
El Reino de los Duendes

Se encuentra dentro del Bosque Verde Esmeralda

Al tope de la Avenida Imaginación

Una cuadra hacia el Amor


direcciones cortesía: Duende Verde Duque Mayor


from my CASI-MIRA collection of Fairy-Tales

Friday, March 30

she is waking up

a little flower a fairy gave me
She stirs.

She moans lightly with delight.

Her lips curve up into a smile.

Her eyes begin to open.

She is waking up.

Mother Nature is waking up and giving us Spring.

Thursday, March 29

do you ?

2007 "WING of DREAM" paper & ink detail

Do you know how to fly?
Do you know how to dream?
Do you know....yourself intimately like nobody else?

Do you believe in fairies?
Do you believe in love?
Do you believe...in anything?

Eleanor Roosevelt reminds me to BELIEVE in the BEAUTY of my DREAMS...

I do know...I do believe...I do...I do...I do...

Wednesday, March 28

woman in horse skirt

2007 Untitled textile study - hand dyed silk is from 2005
The older woman slowly came into the store using a walker. She wore a light blue skirt covered with horses dancing all around. She smiled so much and when she spoke, she almost laughed.

This woman has a young girl's spirit. This woman is happy...this woman is grateful. This woman made my day...

excerpt from journal entry circa 1990's

Tuesday, March 27

gratitude equals happiness

2007 Untitled photographic metal study for sculpture
I read this quote at least three times before it became crystal clear...perhaps this is why I am often accused of being "so cheerful, so happy"...I am actually so grateful !

"Remember that not to be happy is not to be grateful." ELIZABETH CARTER

Monday, March 26

a happiness state of mind

2007 Untitled mixed media study
Each morning, before even opening my eyes - I think happiness...I breathe happiness. Each day, I search for happiness.

"Happiness is not a possession to be prized. It is a quality of thought, a state of mind." DAPHNE DU MAURIER

Sunday, March 25

having fun & being grateful

2007 "GOLD BLOSSOM" mixed media sculpture study




















" To love what you do and feel that it matters
– how could anything be more fun? " KATHERINE GRAHAM


I love what I do and I feel it does matter...I feel such gratitude...

Saturday, March 24

the perfect cream puff

2007 Untitled sketch
Magnificent...every slow bite is bliss.

Japanese with French origins...
a New Yorker nevertheless.

Oh perfect puff – not too sweet, countless crisp layers and sinful creamy center...


excerpt from last week’s journal

Friday, March 23

a new world is born

2007 Untitled sketch for jewelry sculpture
"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." -- Anaïs Nin

so...each day a new world is born...

Thursday, March 22

moon to sun

2007 Untitled sketch
i am goddess of pearl
born daughter of moonlight and stardust

he who seeks me
finds me not
until I say – my way

i need neither sun nor gold
and i never do as I am told

should you see him today
tell him you gazed upon me
making a wish in his name...

excerpt from a short story written many suns ago

Wednesday, March 21

shaman

2007 "SHAMAN" mixed media
through wisdom of ancients

with eagle’s majestic flight

PACHA-MAMA

bore messenger of winds

SHAMAN

peaceful spirit of nature

warrior of light

Tuesday, March 20

sun to moon

2007 Untitled sculpture jewelry sketch

i am the god of gold
born son of sun

i seek my goddess of pearl
born daughter of moon

if you see her tonight,
tell her i am waiting...

excerpt from a short story written many moons ago

Monday, March 19

message of the wind

2007 "BLUE" mixed media photographic study



universe breathed

LIFE

wind whispered

CHANGE

spirit signaled

FREEDOM

I sense it all...I am awake...

Sunday, March 18

nicaragua: imports & exports 1962

2007 "GREENTAPE" photographic study














"At school Meg was tired and her eyelids sagged and her mind wandered. In social studies she was asked to name the principle imports and exports of Nicaragua, and though she had looked them up dutifully the evening before, now she could remember none of them. The teacher was sarcastic, the rest of the class laughed, and she flung herself down in her seat in a fury. “Who cares about the imports and exports of Nicaragua, anyhow?” she muttered."

© 1962 Madeleine L’Engle from her book “A Wrinkle In Time"

which I am currently re-reading thanks to B.C. in N.Y.C.

Saturday, March 17

goddess of wind

2005 Untitled hand-dyed silk detail


dancing
all night

singing
till dawn

goddess
of wind

awakening
beauty
through
fury

Friday, March 16

ángel de los plátanos

2006 Untitled mixed media collage detail

















en el Campo Plata-Nos
crecían todos los plátanos
los verdes, los grandes, los chicos y los bananos también

el Ángel Guardián les decía, les cantaba
plata-nitos, madu-ritos
crezcan bien, crezcan ya!



excerpt from short story

Thursday, March 15

a perfect pair

2007 "PINK PEAR" photographic mixed media study
Her beauty captivated him.

She possessed perfect curves and firm flawless skin.

He dressed her with jewels and asked her to pose.

He adored her adorning him.

The days passed and she matured,
loosing firmness and gaining sweetness.

When he finally remembered her, she was almost too old.

He delicately washed her, peeling away layers.

Swiftly without hesitation, he carved and covered her with dough...
...transforming his once perfect pear into a tart.

from “Conversations with Fruit” a series in progress

Wednesday, March 14

the little hand

2007 "GOLD HAND" mixed media study sculpture










the little hand of gold
always does as she is told
while showing off her diamond of old

little does she know
she is neither diamond or gold
...alas...only old

Tuesday, March 13

diosa de piedra azul

2007 Untitled mixed media sculpture study detail



diosa de piedra azul

con dulce esperanza

espera y espera

a su príncipe azul

...cuantos siglos mas esperara ?

Monday, March 12

foot

a foot is just a foot

...until it walks upon a bed of roses...

a gentle reminder to love one’s feet all year through
especially during flip-flop-season



2007 "FOOT" mixed media collage detail
( please note, this is NOT an image of MY foot )

Sunday, March 11

mujer de amarillo

mujer de amarillo
con brillantes pretendes volar

mujer de maravillas
vestida de dolor
en busca de un amor

mujer de amarillo
no te olvides de soñar


2006-2007 Untitled mixed media collage detail

Saturday, March 10

the walk

2007 "COSMOS" mixed media sculpture study





It was a crisp chilly night and they decided to go out for a walk. Actually, he graciously invited her...and she accepted, with pleasure. Under the black skies they strolled. Under the bright stars they dreamed. Hand in hand, laughing at life - with life - through life.

Friday, March 9

yogurt & opera

2007 Untitled study sketch for textile pattern




















As the complete stranger was choosing organic low-fat yogurt from the refrigerated grocery shelves, he was whistling a tune from one of my favorite operas...

journal excerpt

Thursday, March 8

wings of imagination

2007 "WINGS" mixed media sculpture study

















Today she knew she would need a little extra help.

She asked Fairy to lend her a wing...

She asked Elf to sing...

Together with Crystal and Feather...the day seemed much better!

excerpt from "Imagination" manuscripts in progress

Wednesday, March 7

believe nothing

one of my beloved buddhas

“ believe nothing,
no matter where you read it
or who has said it,
not even if i have said it,
unless it agrees with
your own reason and
your own common sense.”
- BUDDHA

Tuesday, March 6

coral, pearl & diamond dream

2007 Untitled mixed media sculpture study


...dressed in a gown of coral draped with pearls and diamonds, she sat on her throne in the balcony of the great Parisian palace...

excerpt from Dream Journal, August 16th 2006, inspiration for sculpture and short story in progress

Monday, March 5

a favorite poem








detail of an exquisite turquoise transitioning into a CASIMIRA sculpture







one of my favorite poems by Oriah:

"It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments."

© Mountaindreaming, from the book The Invitation by Oriah

a reminder to be true to myself, to my dreams, to my art

Sunday, March 4

rude with poor manners

2005 "PEACE" mixed media




















I was recently labeled

RUDE with POOR MANNERS

...are we not all mirrors to one another ?

Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi...

Saturday, March 3

total lunar eclipse

2006 Untitled mixed media study

in full glory and majesty

Celestial Goddess strolls through Mother Earth’s shadow

with Father Sun bestowing coppery crimson kisses

in anticipation of tonight

Friday, March 2

frescos

2007 "BLUE GRAPEFRUIT" photographic mixed media study
...I dreamt with her last night...again. There was a basket of enormous fruit and she making frescos from it...The fruit was gloriously huge, colorful and ripe...


excerpt from Dream Journal , October 26th, 2006 which may be included in "Conversations with Fruit" a series in progress

Thursday, March 1

feather on my shoulder

2007 Untitled mixed media sculpture study




















a feather on my shoulder...

touched by an angel...

...or am I growing wings ?