Extra-Ordinary Art: My family’s ‘making special’

For this post, I want to bring together photos from my family experience of  art – ceremony & ‘making-special’ – with text from theorist Ellen Dissanayake’s paper The Core of Art: Making Special. (This paper, The Core of Art, also appears as chapter 4 in Dissanayake’s book Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Came From and Why.) Published by Free PressContinue reading “Extra-Ordinary Art: My family’s ‘making special’”

A beautiful woman in my life turns 40

My little sister turns 40 today. She is my confidant, the one I can always count on to understand my frustrations, keep my secrets, and celebrate with me my successes. In short, my sister Rian is the very best of what any woman might strive to be as a person, and to hope for in aContinue reading “A beautiful woman in my life turns 40”

The peonies bloomed ON my birthday.

I’m not much for believing in ‘signs’, all the same look what nature ‘crafted’ for me this past Tuesday. I had been waiting for these bulbs to burst open for what seemed like weeks, and they chose June 21st to make their appearance. The anniversary of my birth. I find their  beauty simply intoxicating. I did turnContinue reading “The peonies bloomed ON my birthday.”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, August birthdays: ‘Making Special-work’ at home

Though for many parents ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ may indeed correspond with this popular Staples ad: While it’s a different story at our house. “The most wonderful time of the year” sometimes means something more like this video below – I and feel like that’s ok too. Both of my children haveContinue reading “It’s the most wonderful time of the year, August birthdays: ‘Making Special-work’ at home”

“Making (Mum’s 72nd Birthday) Special”

As part of my practice-led research, I am currently investigating the ideas of Ellen Dissanayake (associate professor in the school of Music at the University of Washington) from her text Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why. Dissanayake approaches the origin and purpose of “art” from an anthropological perspective. In this book she asks,Continue reading ““Making (Mum’s 72nd Birthday) Special””