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What it sort of looked like

What it sort of looked like, though it isn’t mine.

Clearing in progress

Still in progress

My summer project, aka Avoiding the Revision, is clearing some brush out back.  Full of creepers, vines, and Poison ivy, I have been donning long sleeves and gloves, and applying a newly acquired set of lopers to the woods.  I now understand how the pioneers must have felt felling trees to create homesteads.  The sound of the lopers cutting through branches and roots is chillingly satisfying.  I barely made a dent, despite filling a garbage bin half-dozen times to lug to the compost pile.  Still, when I raked a narrow edge in the woods to reveal leaf mold and dirt, I was thrilled.  There is  now a small, liberated wild honeysuckle tree.  The thorny vines that were not roses that were never to be roses, are cut and release their grasp on the flowering trees.

I envision native plants: trilliums, mallow, maybe woodland bulbs.  What I’d like  to is create a small oasis for the eyes, hang trailing flowers from the dead tree limbs, scatter bluebells and lily of the valley at ground level.  A hammock and a book could be very nice. Why, one could even revise there.

A Closer Look

Next door to a show at Acme Gallery in Boston, Cool Day,  curated by and also featuring the work of extraordinary 85-year-old artist Pat de Groot is the Carroll & Sons Gallery, which is now featuring work by Pakistani-born artist, Amreen Butt.  Her large scale tactile murals imitate intricate scroll work found in marble mosques and tombs like the Taj Mahal and the Allahambra, but looking closer presents something other than delicate jewel-toned flowers and leaves.  Instead, Amreem Butt uses keys and padlocks to create designs suggesting imprisonment and freedom, privilege and want on a great scale.  Take a close look:

I AM ALL WHAT IS LEFT OF ME

Amreen Butt, 2015

Amreen Butt, 2015

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Amreen Butt, 2015

Amreen Butt, 2015

Amreen Butt, 2015

Amreen Butt, 2015

 

And this is a sample of Pat de Groot’s works which shimmer off the canvas in person:

 

Pat de Groot, Moonrise

Pat de Groot, Moonrise

Pat de Groot, Darkening Day

Pat de Groot, Darkening Day

Pat de Groot, April-Pink Moon, 2004

Pat de Groot, April-Pink Moon, 2004

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Show

Garden, spring 2015

Garden, spring 2015

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Dream interlude

Yesterday, i walked around Boston’s greenway, and came upon this wonderous sight.  A public art installation by Janet Echelman, made of polyester cord resembling fish netting.  It was shimmery at midday, and can only imagine what it might look like at dawn or sunset.  What a grand canopy to , say, perform Shakespeare under!

Indira Ganesan, Janet Echelman's art on the greenway, Boston 2015

Indira Ganesan, Janet Echelman’s art on the greenway, Boston 2015

Indira Ganesan, Janet Echelman's Public Art, boston2015

Indira Ganesan, Janet Echelman’s Public Art, boston2015

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Anticipation

 

Nasturium seedlings

nasturtium seedlings

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