............. As you can guess, I'm not sure what to say. I spent most of yesterday blissfully doing nothing as I was celebrating my wedding anniversary with my wife. I came back to the block today to find amazing Karens post. I'm not sure what to say. How to react. How to fathom what has happened. However, I need to say that, the profound affect of the power of two has been mutual. Throughout the project I have also been exploring my own practice and in particular the the use of digital. The honesty of Karen's practice has got me to consider why I use digital and brought me closer to a way of understanding myself.
Karen refers to a poem that I wrote that sits on my blog (https://ambushedonroute.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/seeds/). Something that was in plain sight and I could not see until I was shown the way by my collaborator. The poem refers to finding new places and making your own place. In essence this is what I was referring to in an earlier post. Rather than a David and Goliath dissent, we need to consider the way we dissent without even knowing it. As Karen highlights, artists dissent by simply existing. This collaboration has been very open and honest, has drawn us together to consider how dissent sits naturally in our practice and has given me a real friend. I have dedicated the poem to Karen. It feels as thought it was written for her to find for this collaboration.
Throw me far
Far farther than I could ever imagine
As far as learning will take me
As a seed ready to
To meander through unseen vernaculars of unfolding idles
To skip an long and over borders painted in colours with meaning that has long washed out
Beyond cities and states
Below is a connected poem, I used to create an artwork for an exhibition in Taiwan (below). It was translated into Chinese for the exhibition, but here is the english version also.
....and from here
they scattered far
across seas unseen
filled with the fizz of success
they made new homes
forged new families
and gave life to new culture