The Celtic ancient custom of Imbolc suggests setting the intention for returning light in our days, a promise of spring's warmth and growth returning once again. The sweet scent of early blooming sarcococca and haemmamaelis has been in the air for weeks now; the earth does indeed give us hope for spring's awakening.
With this time of year we consider gratitude and love for those we cherish. If you receive my newsletter you are aware of my "Heart to Heart' event coming up on February 10-11. this is a special time to honour those who have followed my work and supported my career over the years. I look forward to seeing you then.
Rising Currents 11/17/17
by Deborah Putman
Ocean blood of my body,
white foaming bubbles finger daylight shorelines.
Water flows indigo blue, a night sky mirror
Offerings of flour and honey
honour gamboling Oceanids.
Black void, embryonic cradle,
hold her close, as lungs breathe life.
Sea organisms thrive in birthing beds below.
Complete with summer’s water coverlet
A diamond galaxy, reflect a lion sun above.
Inevitable birthright of change
Nourish tomorrows juicy with life,
desperate angry days in ruin,
A world renewed surfaces.
Rebirthed vessel afloat, intact
Tender world encircles compassion.
© 2017, D. Putman, "Chimera: Dolly"" 12x12", cyanotype on canvas,
The show is fascinating, thought-provoking, and sprinkled with humour as Z.inc artist' collective are known to be.. None of the seven artists knew what the others were creating until we installed the show (except Lesley Garratt who kindly curated).. We had a great turnout with many interesting conversations at the opening celebration. Thanks to all!
Are you wondering what a CHIMERA means? 3 interpretations follow:
1: a capitalized : a fire-breathing she-monster in Greek mythology having a lion's head, a goat's body, a serpent's tail or generally an imaginary monster compounded of incongruous parts
2 : an illusion, utopia, or fabrication of the mind; especially: an unrealizable dream a fancy
3 : an individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution A hybrid created with DNA of two different species combined into one embryo
An historical note: The word chimera dates back to the 14th century, where it referred to a fire-breathing she-monster from Greek mythology.
Artists: Elizabeth Carefoot, Willa Downing, Lesley Garratt, Reuban Kambeitz, Cora Li-Leger, Claire Moore, Deborah Putman (Collective Artists, Don Li-Leger and Jennifer Clark were not participants for this show but shall return for future endeavours!)
Hello, I am a visual artist, writer, seeker of "Beauty" in the everyday, social justice and appreciator of the natural world.