Friday, January 29, 2016

time is my subject

I've been working on labeling my wrapped journals  with black velvet cloth and white silk thread.
The labels are easy to read, the books not so much anymore.  (they are wrapped shut)
 Even if I didn't keep a diary to make notes, nature would still cycle by.
Even when things and people get tired, wear out, time keeps going.  Steady.
My journals intensified time's whirl for me as I lived through it.
Reading them over reveals to me how we are connected, time and me.
It's existential, this body of work.
I noticed.  I paid attention.
Time passed anyway.
I tried to hold it.

16 comments:

Liz Ackert said...

We are all of us students of time, 'though many choose to skip class ... and then there are some --like you-- who are particularly adept students.

Vicky aka Stichr said...

rather an Oh My moment to see years of life, all those moments in time....stacked in a chair.

Patricia Filteau said...

An extraordinary undertaking – in what it captures , seals away and the external artistry it expresses. and, it als catches my breadth.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

this is so interesting for me. I burned.

Judy Martin said...

I did consider burning, but wrapping is what I did. x

Roxanne said...

Pojagi...to have and hold, honored... I think about honoring my own jornals in this way...a matter of time, of course.. Xo

Mo Crow said...

honouring your time here

Caterina Giglio said...

wow, wow, wow, amazing...

Pippa Moore said...

Such a creative way to handle your journals. You are honouring them and closing them simultaneously. Mine now fill 1 1/2 old suitcases, and I have been mulling over what to do with them, a concern that becomes more pressing the older I get. I can't burn them for exactly the reason you state, that they mark my having been here, having paid attention, having lived. Thank you for sharing your own response to the same dilemma.

Heather Hutchinson said...

Your body of work is amazing. So much and so beautiful.

Rachel said...

That is an interesting take on time. Leaves me thinking.

Velma Bolyard said...

judy! this is so wonderful.

Judy Martin said...

I love the journals bundled in this way. It makes my life itself into one long art project.
I need to say that although I am calling them journals here, they are also my sketch books and my idea files, my research notes and my daily life observations of family and world events.
They are all those things, and as I go through them slowly as a daily practice (began in 2015 and is continuing in 2016), I am entering the text into my computer in chronological order and doing some editing as I go along. I am removing sketches for example that still resonate for me, or seem important in some way, important enough to keep out, and I am taping those sketches into my current journal.
Thank you for your interest and your comments. x

mansuetude said...

Sensual textual textural Beautiful!
Still readable. Holding hands Feel through

Juliann in WA said...

This is such a beautiful way of honoring your work. Thank you for sharing this idea.

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