There is a huge pressure to do in our culture: to accomplish, to achieve, to produce. I feel this pressure all the time, as someone who produces things for a living. I'm prone to rushing and to worry and to always wanting to be productive. But honestly the best moments in my life—the revelations and the creative flow states and the things that become my favorite memories—all happen when I am moving within my natural rhythm. They happen when I'm allowing time for things to unfold at their own speed. Often, they happen in the pauses—those moments of emptiness like rests in a piece of music.Read More
There is something about fire that draws out our animal nature. Wherever there is fire, people will assemble—cookouts, campsites, bonfires. It isn't only moths who are drawn to the flame. We gather around it and, little by little, our essential selves begin to surface. The tone of the conversations change. Stories are told, walls come down, hearts crack open.
This is the power of fire.
Murals have a similar power. I've seen them draw people in and captivate them. I've seen them build a community by sheer magnetism. Maybe it's the color or the design; maybe it's the fact that someone is paying attention to a space that others had stopped seeing. There's a kind of alchemy that happens when you add paint and intention to a wall. Suddenly somewhere new exists that didn't exist before—a place within a place. Fire creates place the same way, by becoming a beacon of light to gather around.Read More
As my first post, here is something not new at all: an excerpt from a 2012 interview I did with Kristian Goddard. It feels like a lifetime ago, and I still resonate so strongly with the way I felt then about the beauty and importance of public art, and my own role within its large, diverse landscape.Read More