Monday, August 18, 2008

More on the Cease and Desist encounter

As I was destroying the shrine I become really depressed and at the time I was scared that the Ranger would charge me with a felony. The crows above in the branches seem to be chattering loudly with laughter. After fifteen minutes the Ranger came back in a better mood and said the good thing is you are not wanted for homicide. It looks like you all cleaned this up, I'll let you off. Phew... that was a sketchy encounter.
I left the giant feeling distraught on how was I to create my tree shrines around the world if I would be getting in trouble all the time. Don and I walked back to the campsite, that had a beautiful view of the tree and the ocean. I took a seed from the tree and I decided to create my shrine in our campsite. As it got dark I created the shrine around our lantern.

Point Reyes is such an amazing place. We stayed there for three days. The first day was hilarous as we brought out supplies out the Coast Camp, which was a hike two miles in. Don was freaking out as he had to carry all the wine and food. But the trek and pain were worth it. The ocean is just 200 feet away on this beautiful coastal beach. I love hearing the ocean as I sleep.l
Over all it was a fun adventure. Except I need to rethink my tree shrines, having to work with in the system or doing guerrilla work and being careful not to get caught....
Need to reflect on it all

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cease and Desist

Point Reyes, California August 08
" Cease and Desist " the Ranger yelled from his bullhorn from the fire road. He was at least a mile away. I was like a deer that had been caught in headlights, stunned and freaked out. In a couple of minutes the Ranger walked out to us and yelled "what in the world are you doing?"Not the reaction that I hope for my audience. I with some composure said I was an Eco artist and I was doing art around the tree. He started talking that this could be a felony and that I needed a permit to do this. Eeks! He took my ID and then a photo. He asked us to clean up and he would be right back, he had to check on a campsite.

This will continue...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The relationship with the interior and the exterior

I feel that when I brought the tree mandala into the gallery I was creating a relationship to the interior and the exterior. This body of work is all about relationship, a rekindling of our holistic being. When I think of the trees that I honor in nature, I also reflect on their inner rings that document their life. In this work I am honoring life, history and story. As I digest this work I think it it about relationship, reclamation of the interior i.e. spirit or consciousness. I hope it communicates my world view of animism and in this we are all woven into the same tapestry. I think the Hindi' s call it Indra's web. I feel the more tree shrines that I create in the exterior and the interior, the web will grow again strong. We will hopefully remember our interconnectedness.

I am such a pragmatic mystic.