Signs and Symbols

As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with Hermeticism and it’s iconic tradition of capturing mystical truth in highly symbolic imagery. As a kid, I’d look up everything I could at school and public libraries after the mystery traditions. I found friends who shared an interest in exceptions to the general historical narrative, lovers of the hidden fact, and the theoretical outlier. After a point, you learn to recognize your own, you can sense that someone has a relationship with the mysteries. There is a great American tradition around Masonry, the Golden Dawn and Neo-paganism just to name a few strands in the braid. It’s common knowledge, an open secret.

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On Authenticity

I’m just gonna go ahead and thank Mr. Drumpf for pushing me over the edge of reason, beyond rational response and on into ontological free-fall. You are an unwelcome chaotic force unleashed on the world through pent-up primate rage at an increasingly complicated problem set. I remain unimpressed by your antics and determined to spite your efforts through magic. Yes, magic. If you can’t be yourself in the age of ‘alternative facts’, when can you? Thanks for giving be permission to own something I’ve concealed for years. You, sir, have galvanized hedgefolk everywhere and given every unique snowflake cause to form an ice storm against your mal-intended designs.

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Setbacks

This whole thing will likely set me back 6 months in the advancement of my work. I’m not exaggerating, I can tell you right now that I will spend the next three to four months obsessing over news coverage, raging on for days, struggling to get out of a reactive state of mind. I’m sure I’ll take every opportunity to argue and debate with friends and family, gently explain what it means to a curious six-year-old, and spend free time writing letters and calling my reps until their inboxes explode. Then, maybe around the five-month mark, I’ll find a way to level off and switch to a slow-burn, so I can ground myself somewhat before the Summer is upon us again.

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Great Success!

This year’s Powderhorn Art Fair was the best I’ve had yet, I’ve learned a lot about the presentation of my work, pricing, diversifying my offerings and being conversational. I’ve also come a long way in understanding the intersection between what I do and what the market wants. That is a really foggy place to visit, because you’re always coming from a place colored by the experience of just having made the work, and it’s hard to be objective about it until some time has passed. If the point is to come up with a formula and follow it with minimal variation, I think I could comply if I retained three or four different mediums, so as to keep my interest over the long haul.

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