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Boundaries—restricting or inviting?

September 7, 2018

Oil pastel sketch from my sketchbook

I had this notion that each of us born into a virtual box. The walls that surround us are made up of the beliefs, experiences, and culture shaped for us by our parents, relationships, things that happen to us, and what contains us. We think this is reality and we grow up in it and adapt to it. But within each of us is also a kernel of soul that every once in awhile peeks out and sees that the walls are really an illusion. Our job in life is to bring that soul to life and bravely extinguish the walls.

Sometimes we just burrow between boxes (ours and the next one over—maybe the box that belongs to the person we choose in a relationship?). Sometimes we just keep adding  insulation and cement to our current box, reinforcing the walls. So eventually we end up in a very small space.

But, here’s the cool part. As an artist you can step out of  what’s going on in the actual “life” box and create a different universe. Literally. And maybe it’s a bridge to dissolving the walls in your everyday box.  Just a thought.

Here are some little “universes” that I recently made:


Addendum 1, 2, and 3 (from the Cipher/De-Cipher series), mixed media on metal-faced cradled panel, ea. 6 x 6 x 1.6

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