Justin Vernon spontaneously materialized, instantly finding a place in the playlists of American and European listeners in 2007, with the release of his album “For Emma, Forever Ago.” Heart wrenching and vulnerable, stripped down and timeless, that first album proved original enough for hipsters and accessible enough for soccer moms.
The mythology around Bon Iver began with that first album: he had broken up with his girlfriend and his band, contracted a serious illness, recovered and retreated to isolation in the woods of Wisconsin. There he hunted for his food and stayed in his father’s cabin. Read More
a selection of my work from throughout the year. Read More
For a long time I have been fascinated with the processes of conception, pregnancy and birth. This interest was sparked when I saw the Business of Being Born. The documentaries overview of the modern history of birthing practices is fascinating and disturbing.
I find the trend towards simplifying, back to a woman's natural, instinctive power, combined with use of breath and mindfulness to be an astonishing revival, rich with everything good about humanity. Read More
In Gnosticism, the way of salvation lies in heightening consciousness and returning to the transcendent spirit, with loss of the unconscious side; whereas uroboric salvation through the Great Mother demands the abandonment of the conscious principle and a homecoming to the unconscious. Read More
She knew that the men, the ones who's souls had been stolen, were coming. But there was no way for her to know what that ending would bring. There was her depth, captured: her amber eyes foresaw something: The fate that a mass mob would impose; a life onto which she would cling. Read More
This is a self-portrait. I understand that it may be disturbing, but many of you may relate to the experience of both physical and emotional pain. It is through a dark tunnel that one's deepest sense of purpose is challenged and either fortified or broken. Read More
If, as a culture at large, which has been rapidly advancing scientifically, we can reactivate the appreciation of the poetry in life we would all better exist in relation to one another and to ourselves. This means seeing some aspects of life as facts of physics and others as facts of psyche. Read More
The music video for “Daydreaming,” is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. It seems that even if half of what this video-essay assails is true, then these artists have distilled layers of meticulous and gorgeous clues throughout the work. Read More
My mind was in a lyrical appreciation of the textures: warm, smooth stones splashed by cool water; solemn, intense sun, in the broad cloudless sky heated the sand beneath my bottom. Read More
On a humid evening in the middle of Brooklyn, as thunderclouds indecisively condensed, threatened and then broke apart, I arrived at a long warehouse. There my friend Rachel and older sister Lizzie were putting together the final touches to the event space . At midnight I was to turn 25. But this year was monumental for another reason then my being on this planet for a quarter-century. Read More
For those who have ever taken psychedelics, or been through immense stress and relief, or been taken by the open ocean and come out renewed, you know what I mean by the metaphorical use of rebirth.
In many ways we are born each morning or each year, on our birth-day; each of us are also reborn in each new encounter or experience -- to be seen by new eyes, or to see the world with new eyes Read More
As a young person in the search of an authentic identity we play with ideas, ideals and sort out through relationships who we are. As we formulate our world view, we expose ourselves to different outlooks on life. In a process of aggregation and differentiation, these contents make up the fabric of our self-concept. Read More
The soft and effeminate singing is drenched in the washy moods of sentimental attraction, dulled passion, flatted out by a mind submerged in undefined emotion. Read More
How could it be that I felt trapped and yet in love? If love is openness and fearlessness, then that was not love; it was the restlessness of infatuation, of desire and longing to be known and to know some one.
...Blinded by the sin of man; all we seek is "pleasure." Enjoy yours darling. I can't escape, but will let you know at this moment, "I Love you." Read More
The full scene reveals the natural world, which surrounds my instinctual, primal, seductive image of the feminine. Her height and slender waist are like the tall and slanted trees and branches. Her long limbs are like the vines of the jungle, which swing across the backdrop.
All of this lush greenery and natural life breaths with fertilizing energies. And yet, within all this worldliness, she remains immaterial; her purple skin indicates that she is surreal and in all of her bodily beauty, she is transcendent and ethereal. Read More
Love, amorous embrace and sex has a mysterious power; it can be a base compulsion, or an access point to the transcendent bliss. For me, the body and sexual intimacy is easily exalted, made overly poetic and romanticized.
The Phoenician, or Middle Eastern backdrop sets the stage for the foreign, dream-like representation of sexuality. The song which inspired the painting sings, "You make me feel at home, when I'm far away." Read More
Everyone has heard of writer's block and many songwriter's recall fables of late nights in the studio where the "magic" came together. The source of creativity is elusive and so many artists tend to become superstitious about the process.
Whether you are the next artist of a generation, making your way into the business world, or pursuing a life back-to-the-earth, accessing and maintaining creativity can be exhilarating and practical. Read More
For the song "Blood and Tears" I have created a triptych, which illustrates three contrasting sentiments, which all swirl around a central theme.
The first image related to the motif's in the song, I call "Romantic." What is this? The innocent hope for a serine kiss; the joining of lovers in a certain "paradise." Read More
How guys are such brutes
And are shameless about their desires.
I love… Read More
When my skin tans and freckles
And becomes pungent with sea salt and sweat.
While reading about Joni Mitchell I was impressed by how prolific she has been. Her talent has been immense. Not only has she proven a fantastic instrumentalist and singer, but her techniques and aesthetics have remained uniquely her own. Read More