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Monday, November 26, 2007

How to Drop Everything


acrylic and ink on paper 7 x 11 inches
Picture this artist, housewife, chauffeur, mother as... Atlas, with the sky on her shoulders. Picture yourself. In all fairness we are each given whole star systems to shoulder. Galaxies of lists, those nebulous relatives, pulsating health issues, global warming, orbiting chores, blight years, etc... Now Atlas is often depicted in art as a symbol of strength- yet really he should be far better known as a symbol for endurance. His task, to forever shoulder the heavens, was a punishment he didn't truly embrace, as seen when he tried to trick Heracles into taking the load. So when my yoga instructor breathes out the words, "Drop everything" it can really radically rock this artist's world. And spread panic.
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