Thursday, March 5, 2009

the mask and the mirror

In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth.
Rachel Carson (1907-1964), biologist, writer, ecologist

The modern fairy tale ending is the reverse of the traditional one: A woman does not wait for Prince Charming to bring her happiness; she lives happily ever after only by refusing to wait for him -- or by actually rejecting him. It is those who persist in hoping for a Prince Charming who are setting themselves up for disillusionment and unhappiness.
Susan Faludi (b. 1959) journalist author of three ground-breaking books

The soul is a breath of living spirit, that with excellent sensitivity, permeates the entire body to give it life. Just so, the breath of the air makes the earth fruitful. Thus the air is the soul of the earth, moistening it, greening it.
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) abbess, artist, visionary, herbalist

Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.
Rosa Luxemburg (b. 5 march 1871-1919) revolutionary theorist and philosopher

I think that one's art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.
Emily Carr (1871-1945) artist and writer

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)philosopher and writer

Creativity is a lot like looking at the world through a kaleidoscope. You look at a set of elements, the same ones everyone else sees, but then reassemble those floating bits and pieces into an enticing new possibility.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter (b. 1943) sociologist, professor, writer, business guru

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.
Abigail Adams (1744-1818) founding mother, first lady

notes on photos:
1) rachel carson's childhood bedroom with window, microscope and mirror, springdale, pennsylvania

2) decanters on mj's windowsill, a few weeks after this, cleveland

3) detail of stained glass window designed by louis comfort tiffany entitled "consummation of the divine promise" in the wade chapel of cleveland's lakeview cemetery, cleveland

4) groveland cottage b & b, north olympic penisula, washington

5) glass balls filled with assorted natural or found objects, senior exhibition by cia graduate catherine stackpole. catherine is a very talented fiber and glass artist, unfortunately I don't know where's she gone off to, but I expect she's still making lovely and provocative work. by the way, it doesn't have anything to do with glass, but if you didn't click on the link for emily carr you are missing out on information about a wonderful read!

6) dale chihuly glass sculpture at the columbus museum of art ~ columbus, ohio

7) chris making a little glass object d'art at the glass bubble project a working studio and classroom located in cleveland's ohio city neighborhood

8) many members of the mouse's bookgroup....what would we do at our monthly meetings if we didn't have our glasses or glasses to drink from! photo snapped at the september book selection meeting, 2008


loreena mckennitt's song marrakesh night market, vid by "mirrormask" featuring loreena's haunting song and quite a bit of lovely glass...

43 comments:

Colette Amelia said...

outstanding! wonderful everything!

Ronda Laveen said...

I LOVE your post! We could be ethereal twins, you and I. I love glass! I have many similar pieces and almost used pieces of my collection, stained glass I have in my house that my mother made, and Chihuly. Is Mirrormask, Neil Gaiman's? Kudos, mouse!

R.L. Bourges said...

kimy, you know I love your blog, right? But this post? I bow and say: thanks for all the riches it contains and for the way you brought them all together.

Just a quick first look reveals:

a wonderful face in the mirror of Rachel Carson's room

a fabulous link to Susan Faludi and her no-less fabulous website

Hildegard and stained glass gorgeousness - vat can I say?

Rosa and window view: splendid juxtapositions

glass art - gorgeous. Emily Carr... (the Nuu-chah-nulth people of Vancouver Island called her The Laughing One, did you know that?)

dale's glass sculpture is amazing

the vid and song - fabulous

and glass itself - so simple, right? a bit of sand, a bit of fire, a bit of breath...

this for you and your readers (you can also check her out on youtube under glassblowing):
http://www.artistsnorth.com/dinning/

best from Graulhet

subtorp77 said...

The Beauvoir quote nails it for me. And that sculpture! That I like. Great post, as always, Mouse.

Edward Yablonsky said...

The answer, Faludi finds, lies in a historical anomaly unique to the American experience: the nation that in recent memory has been least vulnerable to domestic attack is also a nation haunted by a centuries-long trauma of assault on its home soil. For nearly two hundred years, our central drama was not the invincibility of our frontiersmen but their inability to repel invasions of non-Christian, nonwhite "barbarians" from the homestead door. To conceal the insecurity bred by those attacks, American culture would generate an ironclad countermyth of cowboy swagger and feminine frailty, which has been reanimated whenever the nation feels threatened. On September 11, Americans were once again returned to an experience of homeland terror and humiliation. And, once again, they fled from self-knowledge and retreated into myth.

I quoted from the Faludi book review above in bringing out what she considers a national paeranoia , a fear combatted by countermyth , an attack by the barbarians as many would term them.
Some myths however contain cosmic truths such as those of the ascended masters of the most ancient duration.

Mrsupole said...

Oh, those are some beautiful pictures. I think the glass sculpture is just gorgeous. All the colors are fantastic. I wish the houses of today had stained glass windows, it is just something that is missing so much from them.

And to be able to make glass objects d art would be so great. It is fascinating to watch them take a mixture of sand, silica and other additives and turn it into something useful and beautiful to look at.

Great post.

Candie Bracci said...

Great pictures!Beautiful

Betty said...

kimy, you take my breath away. Such beauty ...

Ron Eklof said...

I have enjoyed the clarity and perceptiveness of quotes attached to the photos. You have a blog that provokes learning and exploration. I even enjoy the quality of your commentators.
Be well and prosper, Ron

High Desert Diva said...

Love Carson's quote & mirror, the B&B stained glass, and the book club shot!

Leah said...

The quotes and photos together were inspiring on this humdrum Thursday morning! Thank you!

John Hayes said...

These are really remarkable photos & quotes even by your high standards-- especially love the Carson pic & quote & the stained glass window & Hildegard Von Bingen quote.

willow said...

My favorite would have to be the marvelous Chihuly in my favorite local museum!! Great glassy post, Ms. Mouse.

edward said...

i love this pretty and thinking post

The Clever Pup said...

WOW! Mouse Medicine, we must be kindred spirits.

I intend on visiting Bingen and the Rhine next time (if there is one) that I'm over. I'd better brush up on Hildegard. I do have Emma Kirkby singing some of her comps.

I adore Emily Carr's writing more than her art.

I saw a glass sculpture like that one here in Toronto. It was $100,000CA. Not kidding. As much as 10 of my cars.

And, last but not least. Loreena McKennit. She kept me compnay over Christmas. Love her.

Steve said...

Your pics are fab, as usual, K. :)

I especially like the decanters. Such sharp focus!

Roy said...

Wow! This is quite the collection, both of photos and quotes. And the video is great, too; I love Loreena McKennitt, and I really like what the videographer did to visualize the song.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ca - merci!

ronda - thank you! how wonderful that your mom made stained glass and you have pieces of it.... I don't know if mirrormask is neil gaiman - i just really liked how the song was visualized!

rlb - your remark has made my day, geez my month!!! I can always count on you to pick up the hidden layers - like the mask in the mirror in rachel's room! I almost put rosa's quote under the tiffany piece but I thought that would have been too much!
thank you so much for the info on emily's nickname - I did not know that. I find her brilliant.... such a use of color and her writings. and then of course there is her love and devotion toward animals.

sub- you are welcome!!! I look forward to popping over to see your post on the theme! have a few minutes to make some rounds before heading out and being disconnected.

edward - as always thank you

mrs - thank you. there are plenty of old stained glass pieces about that one can always add to one's house! and sometimes you can even find a piece that isn't too expensive.....of course it won't be a tiffany!

candi, betty big, big smile!!

ron - thanks for dropping in and for the comment.... you added another month to the month rlb made!!! live long and prosper....

hdd - thanks for dropping in - really enjoyed my visit to your neck of the woods. I've visited the high desert of oregon once.....traveled to bend from portland on the most interesting route....the landscape blows me away....I definitely need to go back...

leah - maybe a few quotes to drum out the humdrums.....;)

john - ah, another month added!!

willow - I only visited the columbus museum once specifically to attend a showing of avedon's photos - but it's time to return.... actually I need to get down before april 12th as the exhibit of murray jones work sounds terrific!! have you checked it out yet?

edward - you are the sweetest kitty in the universe!

clever - it is wonderful to find kindred spirits. based on the clever pup, I think you are correct! ;)

steve - another month

roy - geez all these great comments the year is made....of to check some glassy posts out now.....

Marianna said...

As always a post so wonderful that one wants to go back and re-read!!

The pictures and quotes are excellent. Thank you for this!

Take care
peace and love
xoxo

flawsnall said...

these pics are astounding! beau-ti-ful!

jenclair said...

Love all the pictures, but especially the book group!

VE said...

Nice! I really like that blown glass art piece. There's something similar in the Belagio hotel in Vegas...theirs hangs down from the ceiling.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ve - inquiring mice always like to know so I googled belagio and chihuly, here's what I found:

"Allow your senses to take flight as your gaze ascends to appreciate this vivid piece of creative expression commissioned by world-renowned artist, Dale Chihuly. This piece de resistance is the quintessential complement to the welcoming lobby awaiting your arrival"

you know your glass!!!

Brian Miller said...

nice. love the nostalgia of the first pic. great pics and the Emily Carr quote does it for me. amazing.

Dakota Bear said...

Great selection of glass portrayed. Loved the quotes as well, especially the one about Prince Charming.

e said...

Hey Mouse,

Excellent posting and photos. Susan Faludi is awesome. Tell us more about the guy in the Ohio City neighborhood...

Thanks for visiting me this morning!

Michael Rawluk said...

There is so much beautiful glass that it is impossible to comment.

Barbara said...

I just knew #6 was Chihuly. His work is so distinctive.

Dot-Com said...

The glass balls are amazing! So much colour!

Megan said...

I specially like the b&b. Did you stay there?

Thanks for another beautiful post and thanks for the nice words over at my place today. I was a bit cranky when I put my post up and you made me feel better!

Avid Reader said...

I am so far behind everywhere everything. I got laptop elbow.

Evening Light Writer said...

These pictures and quotes are so beautiful that they feed my creativity. I especially love Rachel Carson's window..how beautiful is that? What a wonderful post, thank you..you collection sustains me.

Merle Sneed said...

Fantastic photos and a great post, as always. Thanks for the card!

ArtSparker said...

The video is from the Neil Gaiman/Dave McKean film "Mirrormask", which you might enjoy.

Cuppa Jo said...

Wonderful photos. I especially liked the first one. Thanks for sharing.

dw said...

That B&B window looks inviting!

Great shots as always.

It's Just Me said...

Thank you for dancing through my blog. I love when you come to visit :)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

brian - emily carr was an amazing individual - I don't think her work gets the attention it deserves. happy you liked that quote of hers...

db ;)

e - hey good to have you in the hood! the guy, chris, well he's one of the artists at the glass bubble project. I haven't been by in a few months but he's always great fun to chat with and and share a beer with...in the summer the temps are incredible in the gbp! as far I know he's single, you looking? tee hee! he is a cutie!

michael - well thanks for not commenting! your photos always ROCK

barbara - he is a master that is for sure.... currently the columbus museum is having a special exhibit of his work...this piece is in their permanent collection

dc - catherine put a lot of very odd things in those glass balls....fascinating

megan - when my bud owl turned 50 there was a 2 1/2 day birthday party there - I can't remember exactly how many of us there were, but we took over the b&b and most of us stayed there (25-30??) it was great fun...when we did kitchen for tt I put a kitchen pic from the gathering - the b&b had an amazing kitchen....actually everything about it was amazing, how I'd love to go back.... ah so many places, so little money...

avid - wah....

elw - thank you and thanks for dropping in! see you around!

merle - it reminded me of supplies for a hardware store.... ;)

a/s - thanks for solving that mystery - yesterday was the first time my consciousness really registered neil gaiman's name - first ronda's comment then brian's post where he had a long excerpt. so when I was at the library yesterday I checked him out, when I return the printed materials I'll have to see if they have any vids of his. thanks for the heads up...

cj - you are most welcome. thanks for dropping in for a nibble

dw ;) x1000

me - you gotta really nice place to dance through. thanks for brightening up the hood!

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

The images, the quotes, the graphic presence: all a rich feast. I can fast the rest of the day. Well done.

WAT said...

I love Dale's glass sculpture thingy. Really neat and quite intricate. The welder has an air to Jesus! LOL!

Kris said...

I do like that microscope.

Baino said...

Sorry I'm so late. I tried to comment yesterday but . .this is the winner this week. Totally gorgeous both the quotes and the pictures (not much red left in those bottles now!) You're a talent to contend with, seriously. . fantastic stuff.

K. said...

I've been to Chihuly's studio. It's pretty cool. It has a rectangular pool with a plexiglass floor in the center, beneath which is an assortment of glass shells.

A great way to tour Ireland is to look for stained glass windows by Harry Clarke.