HER-story:

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

Tuesday, June 30

heart & soul

detail from an idea in progress
A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. - Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

what resides in your heart?
...in your soul?
how do you express yourself?

Monday, June 29

moving to nature's rhythms

2007 Untitled mixed media detail

As the music started, the sun began to blush while the wind continued to breathe. One by one, they slowly emerged from the depths of the earth. Moving with rhythms of nature, the goddesses created a sacred circle and danced in beauty and dreams.

originally published in June 2007


when was the last time you danced in sacred circle to nature's rhythms?

Sunday, June 28

hope for hope

2007 Untitled mixed media
hope for today.

hope for tomorrow.

hope for peace.

hope for love.

hope for light.

hope for children.

hope for mothers.

hope for fathers.

hope for families.

hope for hope.

originally published in June 2007

Saturday, June 27

excavating wisdom

2007 Untitled jade, leather & emerald on clay water jug


three daughters of mother
excavating wisdom
through memory and honor



originally published in January 2007

Friday, June 26

sequins & crystal

circa 1984, polyester, sequins and crystal beads
elementary school

recesses spent sitting in the shade of a tree

sewing sequins and crystals

on a glove
If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.

- Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009)

Thursday, June 25

service

nature's colors - study for necklacelast night I was on a beach
with friends and family

she tried to tell me what to wear
it was not my style and a few sizes too big

when I woke up
there was a message about service - about being of service

how do we serve the planet?
how do we serve our community?
how do we serve?

Wednesday, June 24

Camilo Zapata

remembering...
Yo las quiero a todas, pero la que más aprecio es El Solar de Monimbó, fue una de mis primeras composiciones, y le gustó mucho al pueblo nicaragüense. Es algo que llena el espíritu.

- Camilo Zapata, Creador del Son Nica (1917 - 2009)


Yesterday, in the midst of celebrating Father’s Day, Nicaragua lost one of her greatest sons. His music fills me with memories and dreams to come...

zapateando, zapateando zapateya y nada más...

What music fills your spirit?

Tuesday, June 23

open window

2007 mixed media study for sculpture

Don't worry about saving these songs!

And if one of our instruments breaks,it doesn't matter.

We have fallen into the place where everything is music.

The strumming and the flute notes rise into the atmosphere, and even if the whole world's harp should burn up, there will still be hidden instruments playing.

So the candle flickers and goes out.
We have a piece of flint, and a spark.

This singing art is sea foam.
The graceful movements come from a pearl
somewhere on the ocean floor.

Poems reach up like spindrift and the edge
of driftwood along the beach, wanting!

They derive from a slow and powerful root
that we can't see.

Stop the words now.

Open the window in the centre of your chest,

and let the spirits fly in and out.

-RUMI


I dreamed my chest was an open window...and I woke up thinking of this poem, wondering what spirits wish to fly in and out of me...

Monday, June 22

message

2005 Untitled hand-dyed silk detail




















It was 2003 or perhaps 2004. We were living in the Pacific Northwest. Grand Mother had recently passed away. The Healer handed me a message from The Elders...which I just found folded within the pages of a journal...

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour. Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.

Here are the things that must be considered:

Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know our garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel like they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off toward the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.

See who is there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves! For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lonely wolf is over. Gather yourselves!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

The Elders,
Oraibi, Arizona
Hopi Nation

Sunday, June 21

solstice sun-day

my father & my son
father sun at solstice

a time of celebration and blessings

happy father's day

Saturday, June 20

dreams last night

detail from a photograph
what do Al Pacino, Anderson Cooper and Larry King have in common?
they all made cameo appearances in my dreams last night.

Larry was shopping at the supermarket.
Anderson was teaching a class.
Al was sitting at a desk next to me.

who visited your dreams last night?

Friday, June 19

rain & sun

one from a series, 2009
rain mother

bathing

with her tears

she called

and father sun appeared

Thursday, June 18

connection

detail from mixed media, 2009
as I was stretching in morning ritual, I heard an inner voice whisper

CONNECTION is the KEY

Like the MOON,
Come out from behind the clouds. SHINE.
- BUDDHA


CONNECTION is the KEY...

Wednesday, June 17

vestida de agua


vestida de agua

camina la diosa

sombras bailando en las paredes del alma

ella lleva olas del mar en sus caderas

ella lleva luz de luna en sus sonrisa



dressed in waters

goddess walks

shadows dance on soul’s walls

ocean waves at her hips

moonlight in her smile

Tuesday, June 16

space of peace

2007 mixed media color studyYoga and writing keep me balanced and rooted in patience, compassion, silence and strength. From this blessed space of peace I am able to carve out my sculptures, my dreams and passions.

excerpt from one of my journals
originally published in September 2007

Monday, June 15

approval

items on my desk
You are being processed.
You have been approved.

- check-out clerk at grocery store

do you approve of him?
do you approve of her?
do they approve of you?
whose approval do we seek?
why must we be approved?
why must we approve?

Sunday, June 14

mermaid dreams

a work in progress
I dreamed I was a flying mermaid with a giant fish tail and butterfly wings...

Saturday, June 13

limes of love

detail from a photograph
What is a kiss?
Why this, as some approve:
The sure, sweet cement, glue, and lime of love.

- Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

who kisses you?

who do you kiss?

oh limes of love...

Friday, June 12

food as family

a carrot from my fridge
Vegetables, as well as all foods, should be handled and treated with the greatest respect. They are the synthesis of the forces of Heaven and Earth giving themselves to us so that we can live. They are closer to us than our family and friends, actually transforming themselves into our very body and healing us of our sickness. This process is a miracle of miracles and borders on the sacred.

- Cecile Tovah Levin


I dreamt he wanted me to cook for him...

the key is our relationship with food...my relationship with food

Thursday, June 11

awaking all the senses

2009 detail from a photograph
the goddess brought my kitchen to life

awakening all the senses

Wednesday, June 10

she has a secret

2007 Untitled mixed media
she has a secret
her POWER

she has a secret
her IMAGINATION

she has a secret
her CREATION

she has a secret
her CONNECTION

she has a secret
her WRITING

she has a secret
her PATIENCE

she has a secret
her COMPASSION

she has a secret
and I am displaying it for all to see...

originally published in February 2007

Tuesday, June 9

young creative spirit

2009 photograph taken at Glen Echo Park
Why do we sometimes incarcerate parts of ourselves?

How can we liberate the young creative spirit within each of us?

Monday, June 8

embrace the entire world

2009 mixed media
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


how do we limit ourselves?

let us embrace the entire world...

Sunday, June 7

la canción

detail from mixed media, 2009
I woke up with this song in mind...

La canción es urgente,
es un río creciendo,
una flecha en el aire,
es amor combatiendo

Quiero dártela ahora
que es la hora del fuego,
que es la hora del grito
que es la hora del pueblo

Que nos una amorosa,
que nos pegue en el pecho,
que si vamos cantando
no podrán detenernos

Que tu voz la levante,
que la suelte en el viento
y que suene a victoria
cuando rompa el silencio

La canción es simiente,
es de barro y de cielo,
es semilla y espiga,
es futuro y recuerdo

La canción es urgente,
va y viene compartiendo
con dolor y alegría
el mismísimo sueño

Quiero dártela ahora
con las ganas que tengo
con el nombre de todos
los que no se rindieron

- Teresa Parodi


What song did you sing in your dreams last night?

Saturday, June 6

island priestess

2009 mixed media from a series
volcanic eruptions formed an inexplicable land mass

brown sugar sands

teardrop rain forests

the priestess had become the island...

...a temple for all who dared to enter

excerpt from a dream

Friday, June 5

she believes

detail from mixed media in progress, 2009
she wears memories around her neck

she kisses dreams by moonlight

she believes, do you?

Thursday, June 4

box of dreams

detail from a mixed media in progress
she discovered a box of memories

unleashing a cascade of emotions

revealing her deepest desires

writing

creating

mothering

...a box of dreams which have become realities

Wednesday, June 3

pintando su alma

2007 mixed media study, untitled
detrás de una hoja azul

se encuentra la mujer

vestida de blanco

pintando su alma

detrás de una hoja azul


originally published in September 2007


behind a blue leaf

one finds a woman

dressed in white

painting her soul

behind a blue leaf

Tuesday, June 2

adventure

2009 mixed media
...life is a wildly wonderful adventure made up of journeys. Throughout each journey we encounter individuals who influence us, impact us in such a way that we are never quite the same thereafter...I have vivid memories...

excerpt from a series of writings, 2006

who has impacted your life?

Monday, June 1

woman

mixed media study
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
the swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
what they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
the need for my care.
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

"Phenomenal Woman" ©1978 Maya Angelou


phenomenal woman, that's me...that's you...that's her too...