Sunday, July 26, 2009

Synchronicity, yowsers!!!

Synchronicity... keep reading...
I know, I know I've been gone a long time and I do have tales to tell of adventures, good food, small graces, a dead computer and so many things I've missed with all of you. Those tales will be told and illustrated but today things aligned in such a way and it is so damn cool that I have giggled all day long!
Grab something cold to drink, plop yourself down in front of the swamp cooler and join me in my delightful tale.
In amongst the computer woes, Internet troubles and going back to work in a real job, I have had some interesting correspondence from afar. Could I be any more cryptic? Well, I suppose I could but anyway, a couple exciting opportunities are in the air for next April here in the land of enchantment and I have been thinking about them. Last night I was talking to a dear friend and asking her if she had ever heard of a book called You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination. It had been mentioned last week in conjunction with one of those cryptic opportunities. I hadn't heard of it or read much about it until last night. We thought it sounded delightful and looked forward to checking it out.
Today I visited the Albuquerque Museum as I usually do a couple of times a month. I hadn't been since Father's Day and because of the aforementioned computer/Internet problems, didn't know much about the new exhibits, except one was about some New Mexico photographs. The main exhibit was a wonderful traveling exhibit and I was delighted to find out it was about geography, maps and other wonderfulness like rocks. It's called Experimental Geography and it's fabulous. It "revels new and different perspectives of the interface between human and environment." There was an interesting piece called "Deconstructed Camouflage". The artist, Ellen Rothenberg, had taken apart all kinds of garments made of camouflage (and you know how I love me some camo...) and used the seams, pockets and other sewn parts to reconstruct a map of the world. It was wonderful. A film called "The Making of Lima" showed what 500 volunteers could do to move a dune just outside of Lima Peru. Amazing!! And on the table of books related to the exhibit...You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination! Giggling yet? And among the other books, Land Arts of the American West which included the VLA and lots of places in New Mexico. I loved the whole thing and plan to go back but ya gotta love the synchronicity. It gets better...
The photography exhibit was by Craig Varjabedian and was a many year anthology of photos of Ghost Ranch, a place I love and haven't been for a long time...and the location of the other cryptic opportunity! Can you hear the theme from Twilight Zone?
I've giggled all day, so delighted to be right in the middle of such delightful there a theme song for that?
I leave you with not a list of small graces but a quote from the exhibit I am loving more each time I read it:

"Of all the things I wondered about on this land I wondered the hardest about the seduction of certain geographies that feel like home - not by story or blood but merely by their forms and colors. How our perceptions are our only internal map of the world, how there are places that claim you and places that warn you away. How you can fall in love with light." Ellen Meloy from the Anthropology of Turquoise


Allegra Smith said...

I have been worried sick about you. Don't you ever go off like this again without a peep, you scared me half to death! Now spill girl, I am dying to find out is all this leading to.

Love you and I wish I didn't so I wouldn't worry about you. Nah, that is not true, I would love you even if I wish I didn't. Hugs from here.

Christina said...

As I was getting ready for bed last night. I thought of you. I had to come right over and see you this morning. So glad to read your beautiful words. We will have to come up with a theme song for your adventure.

studioJudith said...

You're BACK! and giggling ... .
and sharing all kinds of
"Leauness" -

Must see the Deconstructed Camo-

Missed you-


Linda said...

Stunningly beautiful quote. Very provocative. Thanks for sharing.

Chris said...

this made me cry a bit.

I LOVE that synchronicity! And your links, which I've saved and will read at home.

And the snack I had while reading this post...

Stephanie said...

Yes...I've wondered where you wandered off to...happy that you deep into great stuff. Ghost Ranch!!! here I come next April...thinking lots about that...

wonderful post...lots of hidden messages that will be revealed??