simplest components from African mask (see last picture, below)
We’ve all heard that right? We teach what we most want to learn.
On the eve of teaching another class at The Boston Center for the Arts, I ought to be asking, then, “What is it that I want to learn right now?”
Hmmmmm. How to take a motif, maybe, and ‘go deeper’ with it (whatever that means). But I know what that means.
Or here’s a corollary: we give the advice we need to follow. This is extremely useful for me personally, because two of the people I routinely give advice to are Oppositional, with a capital “O”. Sometimes all I can do, is turn it around.
What advice have you given recently? Don’t fudge it by scanning memory for advice you WANT to hear. I recommend just thinking of the last three things, the most recent things, you have said to someone… in an effort to be helpful.
I’m always telling certain people to be more organized, or more responsible (and yes, yes, that applies here) but here’s the most recent thing offered: yesterday, I suggested to someone that she partner written memoir passages that are painful with those that are joyful, so that the juxtaposition told a story, on top of those told in the passages and, possibly, to make it bearable to write the really tough stuff. My idea for her was that a one-two step like that had the potential to turn into a dance, given sufficient air and trust. So? Trust. Give work air? Partner the ‘uck’ with the ‘yahoo’? That’s probably pretty good advice for me right now.
building from the bottom up
Little changes make big differences
eye lid adjustment
Tomorrow’s adult class will be ‘more sophisticated’.
two sections (top and bottom) that may or may not belong together
But, I’m wondering, maybe the more you break a thing down, the more complex it becomes. This I have seen time and time again in the manner of Jude Hill‘s designs and thoughts and cloths… the simpler she makes it, the more avenues spin off in every direction.
So maybe for the adults, I should make it EVEN SIMPLER!
Female kifwebe mask, late 19th or early 20th century. Unknown Songye artist. Democratic Republic of the Congo