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Joey
United States
Print preference: Intaglio
Favourite genre of music: gothic americana
Favourite style of art: Guerilla Art
Operating System: The Communion of Saints
Skin of choice: streached, dried and proplerly displayed
Favourite cartoon character: Count Duckula
Personal Quote: Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions.
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the past few months have been an interesting journey. I have sought spiritual direction but have struggled perhaps more than ever in my holiness. I would like to say that my struggles have at least been valient but sadly it is this simple fact that is the biggest struggle of all. Trying to try. How is it done? Well the book of Wisdom suggests this, "the first step in getting wisdom is... get wisdom". Perhaps Yoda said it best, "do or do not, there is no try."

I have gone through periods of mediocrity and profundity, each glaring more brightly when surrounded by long lengths of the other.

It is a strange feeling though, those times of peace, those moments when you just feel awash with a sense of... well, honestly I don't know what. Its the kind of feel you get after watching Amelie or North Fork. The kind of feeling you get from getting up in the middle of the night and going outside to appreciate how beautiful the sky is. I dont know how to explain it, but frankly more than anything I crave for it to be a constant, and no longer portioned out fleeting moments.

I have been thinking more about what it is that I am meant to contribute to the intellect and the spiritality of the world through my art. One thing that has recently been coming up in meditation on the subject is that of culture.

On the radio I heard a wonderful Irish lady speak about her music. She spoke of how she grew up with great pride in her culture, in her heritage and she felt an obligation to let those stories of her past be heard.

I began to reflect on the state of heritage and culture in my life. I grew up in Denver, I moved to Virginia. My grand parents came from eastern Europe. I look at my life and I find that growing up I had no such cultural upbringing, no heritage to be proud of, no folk stories to tell. My lineage is full of culture, but... I am not eastern european, it is in my blood, but it is not who I am. For a few generations now my family has been American. Now, America has culture, but only in pockets, in places, not as a whole.

Upon further reflection I wonder if it is so much my country as it is our modern world. Culture and heritage comes from the identity of a people. We live in a world that is one huge community, with speed of travel and even faster communication we are no longer tied to our surrounding town. This is a desparate tragedy.

To tell tales. To share stories. To sing songs. To give identity to a culture. To give culture to a community. This certainly seems like noble work.
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Gillian Welch - Look at Miss Ohio
  • Reading: Seven Storey Mountain
  • Drinking: milk

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:iconanjaflipp:
Thanks for the fav!
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sculptin Jun 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I appreciate the watch! :bow:
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Artsee1 Jun 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love your work! Not sure why you weren't on my list of "friends"... but you are now! Glad I caught that. DA can be funny at times.
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:icondarkknightarmory:
Hope you find peace at the end of your journey. There are many paths but only one that will lead you to your destiny.

Cheers
Dark Lord
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:iconshohana:
thank you for watching me! :hug:
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:iconhcklbry:
Thank you so much for the :+devwatch:!
:)
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:iconelleiancole:
Thank you for the watch! You have such nice ceramic works.
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:iconhelloxhelicopter:
thanks so much for the watch!

you have a beautiful gallery (:
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Shini-Akuji Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks so much for the watch, you've got some great ceramics!
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:iconridiculyss:
Thank you for the watch! :w00t:
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