Meditation is a peaceful rebellion

Marsha Mogowski, Insight panel 1 detail, melted glass 8-21-09

Marsha Mogowski, Insight panel 1 detail, melted glass 8-21-09

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The Art of Living

I love ringing in a new year.  It represents new hope and a chance to look at our lives with new vision.  I think about what it means to be human today.  We are changing and adapting to an environment of our own making.  Will we survive it? Dunno. Looking at ourselves as a species is an extraordinary exercise:

We are the dominant and controlling species on the planet.  How did we do it? We are not the biggest or toughest. I would not even say we were the smartest.  Ants are better survivors.  Ants know what is good for them.

Insight Panels

Insight Panels by Marsha Mogowski

We humans started out well.  I think our ability to cooperate in order to survive helped our growth and sustainability.   Trade began thousands of years ago.  This strengthened and unified us.   It made us safer, allowed us to build protective structures, eat healthier foods, clothe and protect our weak bodies from the elements.  Still, some traded better than others, acquired more.  Aggression, protection, dominance, greed describes some of our early behavior.  As the population increased, trading necessarily was replaced with the monetary systems.  Time passes.  Now, it’s all about the money.  Financial exchange has taken on a life of its own.  Everyone needs it to survive in society.  I especially do not like the lesson some learned from WWII:  War creates jobs and prosperity.  I would much rather live in a society where peace, learning and exploration were the goals.

However, this is what we are.  We are human.  We are aggressive creatures.  We have taken some turns that are just plain ugly.  We have built wonderful communication infrastructures that help connect us, present face time and exposure to most everyone – good or bad.  It is exactly what I am doing right now.  (And later, I will feel stupid for doing it.  That’s ok, too.) 

Hope for a great new year.  The artwork,  “Insight Panels” by Marsha Mogowski, was chosen for the title and content.  They are extraordinary works to see live – great for contemplation.  This is what is good about being human!

Mandala Moon Moves

“Oh, come sweet moon”….these new pieces by Marsha Mogowski are moon jewels touched with mysticism.  I love them!

 Although each can stand on it’s own, I like them together.  They evoke movement.  Together, they move like the moons of Jupiter.  Up close and individually, their jewel like qualities explode.

These images strangely bring to my mind a poem I had written in 1972…the poem was dictated…no, more like acted out for me in a dream.  A witch was standing in a pool of moonlit swamp reciting this “incantation”.  I woke from the dream and wrote it down:

Oh come sweet moon.
The wicked night has fallen deep
to cover us and kill us with dark…

…Light the fields a flourescent glow
and show..and show
the still night, the calm night, the twilight
the pain you have to give.

Where now? What to?
Give still, give few.
I want to see, but yet do not.
I am cool, and I am hot.
Yes I know, but I know not
where to go and what to….

Help, help, help!
Lend a stretching beam before I sink into the swamp.
I’m drowning, I’m dying.
I hate you, I love you.
But I need you.  And now I must go.  I am done.

That’s exactly it.

Galleries

Two new galleries have been added:   Marsha Mogowski and Debra Pomeroy.

The Mogowski works displayed are mixed media on paper, for the most part.  They are richly textured earthtone abstracts.   Click on the images for a closer look.   You will feel as if you have been planted into the warmth of the earth. 

Enjoy.