A Pattern: the weather, the season, the flu, the time of month, and the study

 

‘Softness’ (?);

person, piles, pleasure, pain, pattern, peonies, power, periods, puff-clouds, ply, pads, pictures, praxis;

white.

Granted that disorder spoils pattern, it also provides the material of pattern. Order implies restriction; from all possible material, a limited selection has been made and from all possible relations a limited set has been used. So disorder by implication is unlimited, no pattern has been realized in it, but its potential for patterns is indefinite. This is why, though we seek to create order, we do not simply condemn disorder. We recognize that it is destructive to existing pattern; also that it has potentiality. I symbolizes both danger and power.

 

-Douglas, M. (2003). Purity and danger: An analysis of concept of pollution and taboo. London: Routledge.

Images ©Danielle Hogan

Soft (‘n’fresh’)

Soft hearted..

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Her fingers caressed the ivories
So very lightly.
The tunes that played
Echoing sweetly.

Ludovico Einaudi,
Nuvole Bianche.
The title, she said.

She said,
To her,
this song
captures the feeling of utmost sincerity
that exist in the purest
of her heart.

To be able to stay soft,
even after passing through cruel hands of the world.

To be as kind as you can,
even if the world will not pay you back.

To go out of your way for others,
even if it will never be enough.

To be genuine until the very end,
even when the whole world is against you.

To be soft in this cruel world
might just be the strongest power
a human can possibly possess.

-by Claire Veronica


Soft things

 


My ‘soft-spots’..

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‘Soft’ – a Femaffect

 


Nature’s very softest flowers..

 


Soft flowers in soft-light..

 


And now, here’s the little bit of ‘freshness’ (wink!).

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All images ©Danielle Hogan

About “softness” in ALL MAN

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From a review by The Guardian about the series All Man by artist Grayson Perry:

‘As a lifelong sissy myself, I have never felt at ease amongst macho men …”

So begins the first part of Grayson Perry: All Man (Channel 4), the artist’s three-part exploration of masculinity that opens with a trip to the north-east to talk things through with a group of mixed martial arts fighters.

Whatever he claims, Perry’s great gift is to be at ease anywhere. An outsider to the art world by virtue of his class, an outsider to most other demographics by virtue of his transvestism, he is securely and unchangingly himself: a fixed point from which he can view all comers. Allied to a quick mind, compassionate spirit and unending curiosity, it makes him the perfect interviewer in any situation. So far, every documentary he has done has been one to treasure, and All Man is shaping up as no exception.

“I think every fighter has an untold story,” says Andy, one of the most feared and brutal cagefighters. His is that he and his brother grew up in care. His brother was everything to him, and one day he killed himself. “And I’ve never, ever, ever told anyone that. I’m broken inside, I know I am. If it wasn’t for fighting, I wouldn’t be here.”

Perry also met Thelma, mother of 30-year-old Daniel, who has already left. He died by his own hand 18 months ago. “The coroner said there had been 14 that month,” said his mother, rage merging with grief. “Fourteen! It’s an epidemic.” She was right. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45. Eighty per cent of people who kill themselves are men. “Sometimes I don’t think men even know they’re sad,” said Perry. “Really?” said Thelma, with surprise and a kind of awful hope in her voice.

Their stories played out against the backdrop of the annual Durham Miners’ Gala, which celebrates the region’s history and mourns its losses. Perry, with his customary deft touch, teased out the connections between an old model of masculinity – the clearcut role as breadwinner, the satisfaction of hard labour, the freedom to be “soft” when you wanted because you proved your strength and your worth inarguably, day after day, hewing your pride out of the coalface – and how it malfunctions in the modern world. Watching one of the martial arts fights (“It calms you down,” says one contestant), Perry sees “hard labour reinvented as leisure spectacle” and “a need to search for the heroic narrative” that is currently falling short.

Grayson Perry at the Durham Miners’ Gala.

He distils his experiences into a tapestry banner based on those carried in the miners’ gala and blessed in the cathedral, and makes one of his famous pots covered in images that caught his eye and imagination. One was of the tattoo of Daniel his friend had done (“Nobody wants to be seen as less of a man,” his pal said, “but if he’d have said … I’d have been there in a heartbeat”), and other testimonies to wordless grief and despair were wreathed around. Thelma cried when she saw it, and thanked Perry for making it. We didn’t see Daniel’s dad, or Andy again, in the programme. Not for them, perhaps, even the small consolation of art.

 

The Bridge

‘Qey Fredericton,
I am immensely proud to be a participating artist in this Canada 150 project with Solo Chicken Productions, Lisa Anne Ross Samaqani Cocahq, Ryan Griffith and many others. My project seeks to honour the tremendous life’s work of our Wolastoqey Senator Sandra Lovelace Nicholas.

Woliwon!

Hope to see you at The Bridge in September!

Grid City Magazine Article

Here are a few studio images related to my project so far for The Bridge.


Solo Chicken Productions issue a call for artists and community groups to take part in a unique Canada 150 event.

written by Matt Carter

Fredericton’s Solo Chicken Productions have announced The Bridge Project, an ambitious community based initiative that will see the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge transformed into a multi-media pavilion exploring Canada’s history from 1867 to 2017.  Planned to take place September 8, 2017, this one evening event aims to create “a living time tunnel through which the audience will walk, descending or ascending through our collective history”.

The project will be first of its kind for Fredericton. The former train bridge-turned-pedestrian walkway has been a major artery for walkers, joggers and cyclists for the past twenty years connecting both sides of the city. As part of both the Sentier NB Trail system and the Trans Canada Trail, the original structure dates back to 1887 making the stage for this project nearly as old as the country it will celebrate.

“If you enter the bridge on the south side you’ll be walking from the present to the past and if you enter the bridge on the Northside you will be moving from the past to the present,” said Solo Chicken Productions’ Lisa Anne Ross. “This little gem of an idea was Ryan Griffith’s and we thought it made perfect use of the architecture of the bridge as a long thin conduit through which the audience can pass.  But like true artists, we aren’t binding ourselves too closely to the notion of ‘timeline’.  There will be some projects that span decades or are more focused on a theme or an experience.  Basically we are open to supporting each artist and community group’s vision of how to interrogate and explore history and we’ll place that vision somewhere on the timeline.”

The Bridge Project’s key artistic team – Solo Chicken Productions’ Lisa Anne Ross, playwright Ryan Griffith and Woloastoqiyik artist Natalie Sappier – will work collaboratively to draw on key moments in history and explore diverse perspectives that reflect the ever-changing cultural makeup of our region told through music, film, theatre, dance, visual art, performance art and poetry.

“We felt that it was essential to have a small artistic team that could help us to envision some key moments on the timeline and to ensure that we kept it from being a singular vision,” said Ross. “We asked Ryan [Griffith] to be a part of the project because he is a gifted playwright and is able to tease engaging narrative out of everything.  His input has been vital in terms of guiding us to shape a loose narrative that can be almost like stepping stones over the bridge.  Little key moments that will provide a little thread for the audience to follow.

“Natalie [Sappier] brings a whole other set of skills as a multi-disciplinary Wolastoqiyik artist who approaches her work not only through a cultural lens but through a prism of dance, theatre, music and art,” said Ross. “Plus her name sake is ‘water spirit’ so who better to have on a project that spans the mighty Wolastoq River.”

Solo Chicken Productions are currently seeking proposals from artists and community groups from a variety of genres including dance, theatre, music, visual art, craft, circus and film to perform or install works as part of the project.

Professional artist projects already planned for the time tunnel include Danielle Hogan’s tapestry tribute to Sandra Lovelace of Tobique First Nation. Lovelace, a graduate of St. Thomas University became the first Aboriginal woman appointed to the Senate; Fredericton artist Sylvette Fortin plans to create a collection of tiny beavers commemorating the year 1975 when the beaver became Canada’s national animal; Next Folding Theatre Company together with Theatre St. Thomas will perform original work by Ryan Griffith that will examine the intersection between Wolostoqiyik, Francophone and English culture and Natalie Sappier will create an original performance art piece by paying homage to the Wolastoq.

Other projects include a theatre piece by the Multi-Cultural Association of Fredericton’s teen girls group examining the question ‘what is culture?’, an art installation by the New Brunswick Queer Heritage Initiative, a dance performance piece by the Indo-Canadian Cultural Association and a banned book exhibit by the Fredericton Public Library.

“We are really excited about offering a Canada 150 event that not only offers space to celebrate and explore our history but space to interrogate and revision it,” said Ross. “Our history and the very formation of our country is fraught with political and social issues.  A history that includes systemic racism, homophobia and sexism and probably most pertinent to Fredericton, the unfolding of that history has taken place on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq peoples.  There is much to learn from our past and we hope that this coming together of artists will act a catalyst for conversations about how to use our past to shape our future.”

Information on how to submit proposals can be found by visiting www.solochickenproductions.com . Participating professional artists will receive an honorarium for their work and all participating community groups will receive facilitation support and artistic guidance from the project’s artistic team.

To the limit..

We did it! A great night was had by all, thank you to all of our volunteers, and to everyone who came out to support our Trans4fer554 night. Below are images from The GAG’s fundraiser on the 9th at Fredericton’s Wilser’s Room in support of Clinic 554.


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This is (almost) the sum total of my days…


These are the people I hope to impress each day…


This is a little side job I did for a dear friend. Drawings of ‘Niagara Market’, their super cool new business in Victoria BC.  (If you are on Vancouver Island be sure to check it out in James Bay!)


These are stunning tissue paper May Baskets that my mum makes us annually – and a painting that, as a result, I gifted back to her this year.


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This is my son and his break-dancing teacher after his first public dance performance this month! He and his friends were brilliant and fun!



This is a recent commentary I wrote:

Well damn if I didn’t want to love this exhibition… The latex material has the appeal of a wearable fruit roll-up (how fun!) and the ‘derby girl’ aesthetic (not to mention the actual sport) can be super empowering. And yet still, the show ‘Rubber in 3D’ falls crazy short for me (*note: I missed Pippa’s talk last night and would have appreciated hearing her perspective.) But how can you call an exhibition ‘Rubber in 3D’ in 2017 and not include the slightest nod to safe sex practices?..) There is no critique of the overtly heteronormative mall-lingerie-advertisement style presentation of female sexuality, or any celebration of a healthy diversity of women, and body image (with the possible exception of one green haired ‘derby girl’ model- and even then, the woman is white and relatively slight) and sexual preference. I’m all for lighting things up, but want to see designers today doing so with more responsibility and diversity.
I’m no prude, so maybe it’s just that I’m such a feminist…


This is the soccer association that our daughter plays for. She works her butt off for this game. My husband and I are co-managing her U12 competitive Team this summer..

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My dissertation is due to my committee June 14th..


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This is me today. And, the grey hair I am acquiring as a direct result of trying to keep on top of all the above…

How are you?