By the time it is July we have seen barren trees go from a pile of twigs to an abundant holder of leaves—transformation surrounds us. Transformation is a continual process that relies on one thing existing to aid another in its journey. In July, we examine the moment that nature and humans come face to face with on another to transform humble pieces of nature into objects of desire.
SIGHT / DAVID
“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.”
As my eyes set on the imposing David, I was drawn to the seemingly flawless complexion. A perfect creation formed from perfect material can be commendable. But what about an ideal corporeal quality resurrected from an imperfect medium? Its “taroli,” or imperfections, in the finely-grained marble exhibit inferiority and proved difficult to work with. However, Michelangelo embraced the neglected marble of poor caliber. Originally carrying the weight of religion, David became a symbol of Florence’s beauty and foreshadowed the flourishing city amidst the political unrest of the early 16th century.
After the pope asked how he sculpted David, Michelangelo answered, “It’s simple. I just remove everything that is not David.”
How might you embrace imperfection to usher yourself towards freedom, as Michelangelo liberated David from his stone walls?
I hope embracing imperfection leads you to liberty.
TASTE / SALT
The cure for anything is salt water—salt, water, or the sea.
-Karen Blixen aka Isak Denison
Have you ever stood at the edge of the sea with the Earth's brine washing over you? She can be calm, wild or free. And in those undisciplined waves lives the true transformer of life: salt. The elixir of life, the true feral forces that be.
SMELL / AMBERGRIS
Beauty does not always equal goodness. As seducing as a colorful flower may be it can also surprise you just how off it can be. Faint aromas can linger once you have even pulled your self away. Other times we are so attracted by a smell that we inherently think it is good and derived from some divinely beautiful source, but we cab be wrong. Ambergris a sweet and magnetic scent proves that anomaly. Derived from the great Sperm Whale and formed by a digestive enzymatic expulsion. With time this substance petrifies and evolves into a nectar that becomes so rare and prized that only the most dedicated perfumers will get to behold and smell.
SOUND / A NOTE
An upside down bell and a wand. It sounds simple because it is. Yet upon hearing the vibrational melody that one can create by a singular motion even the most apathetic listener alters into an intrigued spectator. By radial and tangential motion a magnetic orbiting sound emits from the bronze casted bowl in a gracious rhythm. Once one has mastered the delicate movement of wand to bowl, each pair shares its own language and the note becomes part of the air—It sounds elusive because it is.
SENTIMENT / VALUE
Tell em to take my bare walls down
my cement abutments
their parties thereof
and clause of claws
Leave me the land
Scratch out: the land
May prose and property both die out
and leave me peace"
- Foreclosure, Lorine Niedecker,