Gevurah shebe gevurah-strength and fear in strength and fear

Yesterday Peter and I were drawing in the studio, reflecting on his session sitting for the first refrigerator door for the Omer project.

He related that “it was an honor to sit. I was changed by that experience. Sitting changed me in that I am aware of the responsibility of observation, because I’m influencing what I’m seeing. You think you’re on the outside just observing, when, in fact, you are changing the world.”

Those words clearly express the essence of my Omer project: Sustenance in Exhile: Changing ourselves and the world through self-observation, both individual and cumulative—essentially, the power of art.

Last night I thought about his words again while I made my little micron pen and watercolor drawings on scraps of paper, aware of what I choose to observe—in the model, in the room full of comrades, in myself, and in my work.

Gevurah in Gevurah—strength and fear in strength and fear….boundaries in boundaries…..
Making decisions–ruthless decisions, gentler choices…but making decisions about where my attention is directed. Aware of the responsibility and power of seeing and being seen.

Last night began the ninth day of the omer–Gevurah in Gevurah.

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viola moriarty

(American, b. 1958)
Modern Expressionist Painter
2012-13 Recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

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