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Here’s a rubber and glue marriage: making a brand-new, faulty product work. (‘n Boer maak ‘n plan!)
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I have been thinking about artist statements, which led to Jasper Rigole’s letter to the Curator on 500letters.org, which is very funny. Here is My Mission Statement, using his wonderful application:
I enjoyed Big Thinks’ Think Again podcast with Kristen Radtke (Graphic Novelist) – The Fascination of What’s Difficult. It also features Gene Luan on art and empathy and Chris Hadfield on information and authority. Those peasants with the pitchforks! It also brought to mind the old saying: “Meng jou met die semels dan vreet die varke jou op”, or as Chris Hadfield put it : “If you wrestle with a pig, then the best you can be is a pig-wrestler.”
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I’m thinking of bees and glass houses…a getaway next to the sea/forest. The Flow Hive is interesting. It crowd-raised so much money! Still, the lapsed vegan feels a pang/sting of sympathy for the bees – who might ‘rob’ their honey back – which could be prevented by covering the honey jar with plastic wrap. May the pet enzyme eat the plastic!
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I have started a new sculpting as I muse upon some of the books I’ve read/listened to, am-reading. I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice (Austen) on Librivox, then started Emma – but the first bit made me fall asleep; I have sort of finished Behave (Sapolsky), but struggled to focus a bit as well. So did The Small Rain (L’Engle) fail me. Luckily, there is Dark State (Stross) to look forward to, and I have started Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Kate Manne; “sexism is scientific (patriarchal ideology that justifies and rationalizes social order), misogyny moralistic (the system that polices and enforces its governing norms and expectations”), which is excellent thus far. To add to that, I’ve procured Women and Power (Beard) and also Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong – and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story (Saini). Also on Archive.org: The Good Earth (Buck), good.
I have become disused to the feel of it:
the slick wetness and grit,
the messiness of clay.
I keep wanting to wash my hands;
‘have bent the soft wire frame,
stuck it into the pink polystyrene block,
tore paper strips and wrapped it, somewhat.
Is this the right order?
When will the process flow again?
This is physical finger digital
-lest one be accused of precipitousness-
I have to stop a while;
wash my hands,
now with clay half-moons under the nails.
I wrap the damp cloth around the clay stump-
the severed limb of a golem.
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