“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” -Pema Chodron
Things fall apart. Of this we can be certain. What we know today is not what we will know ten years from now, or twenty – it is not what generations from now will even begin to understand. There is no use in fearing change. You cannot stop it and, in truth, in order for there to be growth, there also must be destruction. To move, ourselves, to another level of understanding means to annihilate the person we are who does not have the knowledge we have yet to gain.
Dan Paz is based in Seattle, Washington. There she finds a modest but vibrant arts community that is on the verge of expanding. At present, she is involved in multiple projects including one titled The Sun Never Knew How Great it was Until it Struck the Side of a Building. This project, named after a quote from Brutalist architect Louis Kahn, examines how Brutalism finds its way to the U.S. The work investigates otherness in relation to place-based work. Paz also works in photography and expanded forms of media. To hear more about her work and live in Seattle, including her work with incarcerated youth which influences her projects, listen to the complete interview.
Renee Luna BeBeau is currently involved in festivals and events doing henna work. The summer season keeps her busy with this practice, decorating bodies of festival goers with art that slowly fades away. While some of BeBeau’s work holds to the tradition of the art, she also departs from this tradition. A former tattoo shop owner, it was an artist who came to her shop who first introduced her to the art. She moved away from permanent tattooing in favor of working with the impermanent medium. BeBeau also works in other mediums including paint. To hear more about her work, listen to the complete interview.
A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket:
Embrace change as the only constant in life and live well.
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Books to Read
What are you reading? Add your titles to our reading list here. Dan Paz is reading All About Love by Bell Hooks. Renee Luna BeBeau is reading How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
The Tina Marie Plein Air Grant is available to artists interested in expanding their practice in Costa Rica. The grant includes a two week stay at Mauser Eco House, meals Monday through Friday, private room and attached bath, access to 1.5 acres of outdoor studio space and more. For full details, see the listing on Rivet. Deadline to apply is September 9.
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Brainard Carey is an author, artist and educator. He is the director of Praxis Center for Aesthetics. He has written six books for artists; Making it in the Art World, New Markets for Artists, The Art World Demystified, Fund Your Dreams Like a Creative Genius, Sell Online Like a Creative Genius and Succeed with Social Media Like a Creative Genius.