Artwalk this month was extra fun. Cielle said i should die my own hair pink. Anne Clifford didn’t. Noone didn’t recognize me for some reason. It IS amazing what changes a wig can make.
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My big Walmart shirt that was in the PLUS section but that I couldn’t resist because of the Indian design and the colors, works well when tied up. I also used this on my bollywood dance dvd cover. The skirt is from Fairfield’s Infinite OM store. I love the store and I love visiting with Savannah the store manager. Fairfield now has three Indian ish stores.
This is the 3rd collage in my series. Shikara mudra can represent the Shiva Lingam. It can also mean heroism, masculinity, royalty, virility. The thing about making this piece that stands out is that I intended to make it ornate like the others, but when the center was complete, so was the board. This is the dance of art: the relationship between the mind and the deeper intention. The Self knows how to actualize your vision if you can stay in the presence of it. Also, the pieces moved when I glued them and the result was placement that created the effect I wanted but didn’t know how to do. I was upset that they moved until I noticed there is a feeling and sense of a cave and a mountain, which are symbols of the reclusive nature of Lord Shiva, who is the personification of the impersonal (!) eternal Being or pure, unmanifest consciousness. I was happy when I saw what had happened. Others looking at it seem to also feel the depth of silence in it. More about the meaning:
Purusha, Maharishi used to say is singularity. It needs Prakriti to bing it out. Shakti seduces Shiva (or tires to) and she is Nature and the Feminine. She is his other half. I just like the hand gestures to be set off in a way that reflects my devotion to the beauty and intricacy of dance gesture and the natural meaning you can get from witnessing them.
I have since added texture to the background. come see it at The Flying Leap art gallery for September artwalk. The theme of the show is Nature. I worked on this piece partly at the Flying Leap art space.
And now we offer our love of colors to Lord Shiva – I seem to have the same colors in my garden as in my outfits.
My Pyramid Collection order arrived! I finally ordered the Blue hoodie I’ve been wanting for at least a couple of years. This hoodies is SO soft. I love how Pyramid Collection clothes are so dedicated to a look, to a certain overall style.
Not all their clothes are “me” but I appreciate their flavor. I suppose you could say most catalogs have a certain style, but to me Pyramid has really zeroed in on a certain channel: Gothic, flowing, lace, bell sleeves, New Age, Tantric “toys” catering to a sort of metaphysical Bohemian Femme Fatale a la Enlightenment and Crystals. When I look at their catalog I get excited about doing a line of clothes that reflects my own taste. Or just about being true to one’s own aesthetic. To go into business you have to have both vision and a product people want. For me, being more of an artist than a business person, my own aesthetic would trump the market research aspect. I think that can work if the timing is right and you are lined up with your own mission. Venus clothes also have that discernible style coherence. The clothes endorse femininity and dignified sexuality. I like that. And I DID get my Venus order, but you’ll have to wait to see those clothes. Next time!
I discovered accidentally through the opportunities to lead large groups of people that creating follow-along dances is a good way to share the charm of Indian dance, to bring the bliss of dance to people who think they can’t dance and/or to everyone in the audience. It’s a great way “move” people at conferences, retreats, and wherever people have had to sit down for long periods of time. Exercise can be so fun!