August 5, 2014

demystifying the mystical

"glimpses no. 29" conte + pastel on paper.




























I've been reading a little book by a painter named Sam Scott. In an essay "radical astonishment" he suggests that what we call "mystical experience" is "nothing more than an encounter with that which actually is." So instead of treating the mystical as an encounter with "other" or something "outside" our life, we could say that the mystical arrives through a clear attentiveness to the world around us.

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These studio notes are scraps of poetry and ideas that feed my work as a painter. I hope they establish a bit of context for the paintings and my intention in making them. Whatever I paint, I’m trying to create some space for us to sit with the questions that are not meant to be answered.

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