What if…?

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Byword for Monday:  “What if…? ”  What if I make this larger?  What if I use seaweed instead of raffia?  What if I made this structure as if it had been made by zombies?  It’s a wonderful way to look at one’s work and life in general, don’t you think? Here is where I am and, by considering what if, this is where I might go. What if  necessitates a beginner mind, as they say in meditation, allowing each moment to be inhabited as if it were the first time you have encountered the particular situation you’re in.  (Of course, this is impossible…except for the times you go into another room to get something and forget why you’re there.  Come on, you know you’ve done it.)  But being open to possibilities as if you were a beginner is a great strategy for being “present “, for being ready to encounter experiences with all of the possibilities intact.

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But beyond being present and being ready, asking what if gives form to the inquiry.  In our class, we have been talking about using materials, techniques and ideas to form our objects.  Last week, many materials and techniques were covered in various combinations and with varying results.  Today each student started thinking what if in order to carry those experiments in a more personal and expressive direction.  Now if we only had two more weeks…

 

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