Little Blogs 2

Seeing, not just looking

While in St. John's, NL last week with Franciscan friends from Wisconsin, we visited The Rooms, where a Christopher Pratt exhibition had just opened. He is in his 80th year. I wrote this text from where it was highlighted in big print on the wall, since no photos were allowed:

"Wide open space is, for Pratt, a place of serenity. By emptying modern life of its illusion of momentum, Pratt reveals the poverty of a culture that has forsaken meditative calm for a distracted sense of progress. The simplicity of his images present a moment immediately reinforcing the difference between seeing and looking."

His work calls me to do just that. I am so poor at it. I am still rushed and eager. This year has helped me to slow down in significant ways, but the habits are long ingrained. I already know that this sabbatical will not end; instead it will be my inner heart companion as I return to full work in September.

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10.12 | 08:27

I have browsed your comments on these books at various times and came back again now to be inspired to round out my selection for my 'winter reading'.

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02.12 | 19:23

Yes indeed...will show you tomorrow.

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02.12 | 19:20

I like these very much. The spirals amid stars and land especially feel like pure whimsy and joy. Black paper and gel pens, you say?.....

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10.09 | 21:59

Hearing you! MB

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