I moved many times since 2004, my last move was last July to Boise, Idaho. I love our little house, It's cozy and simple, so simple we have no sofa. Why not you ask? Because someone miscalculated the moving truck's cubic feet!
I’m always reluctant to move and our new place still doesn’t feel like home. Though I have a sense of belonging in my half measure studio.
I can no longer ignore the challenges of this move. I compare the aspects of my life to the years before Idaho. Heck! let's face it before 30 years ago.
I dread the future and transitions are difficult. Right now as we say in Canada, “slow as molasses in January” but it’s March!
I have not found myself or the essence of our home/city, I’m uncomfortable. With time and age, my way of life is different. What I want is different and how I want to express myself is different.
What’s next? Who knows! It’s getting to the other side that’s bumpy! Driving over a cliff, bumpy! How do you cope with change?
“Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting”—my motto for this month. While my husband goes by “Sometimes you just have to leap, and build your wings on the way down.”—Kobi Yamada
Michael has always built his wings as he travels. I hate that!!
Before the molasses came, I took my creativity and published an artists’ book that speaks of being alone, missing my country and missing my culture. I present to you Finding Home.
At home, the sun kisses the foothills
the horizon with vivid colours.
Where do I belong?
Longing to be back home,
where the maple leaf
soars above the hills
la langue Française
de la belle province
Dreaming of home,
I wake to the sounds
live where the light shines till late
—the days are long,
the country wild and free,
A sense of place,
a sense of belonging,
je me souviens
de la fleur de lys,
my roots are deep,
back and forth
as a butterfly flitting
across the miles.
Where do I belong?—© 2016 Louise Levergneux
I have made two explosion boxes with the help of Susan Bonthron. I discovered Susan’s Adam’s Error, Only One Bite the day I was exploring 23 Sandy Gallery’s website. Soon after I emailed Susan to guide me to a tutorial. To my amazement, Susan emailed me her instructions. I made an 8 inches square box for my first explosion box. Never start big!!
Susan’s artist book Adam’s Error, Only One Bite is about the myth of Adam in Eden, the intersection of belief and reason, and the mathematical discoveries that represent the ‘bites’ each scientist or mathematician tastes of the whole mythical fruit that represents what can be known of our universe. Susan’s choice of mathematicians was inspired by Michael Guillen’s book, Five Equations that Changed the World: the Power and Poetry of Mathematics (New York: Hyperion, 1995).
Susan works under the imprint Otter Pond Bindery.
Does your art decode the passage of time?