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reFRAME / reFRAMING

 

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The essential idea behind reFRAMING
is that a specific crystallized demographic / person’s
point-of-view depends
on the frame it is viewed in.

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When the frame is shifted,

the meaning changes

and

thinking

and

behavior

often change along with it.

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Another way to understand
the concept of reFRAMING
is to imagine looking through
the frame of a camera lens.

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The picture seen through the lens
can be
changed and reshaped
to views / experiences
of

nascent truths 

and
expansive sensory possibilities

via

EXPLORING

 an unfixed exponential spectrum
of lenses from various
angles/distances/emotional/empirical/empathetic/spiritual

KALEIDOSCOPIC

vantage points.

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By the willingness
of even slightly changing
what is seen in the camera,
the once
‘conditioned’ / clung to’ / ‘conventional / ‘fixed’
cognitive and LIVED picture

IS

NOW

viewed
and
experienced
differently.

aNEW.

YES!

 

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Please click on link below for the catalyst of the reFRAME paintings.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/927-reframe-catherine-l-johnson-2020-false-narratives-7-terms-know-ken-burns-revision-versus-revisionist/

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reFRAME

A/ B/ C/ D/ E/ F/ G/ H

paintings

Each work is SOOT BLACK PAINT on FOUR PANELS
inscribed with METALLIC SILVER PENCIL mounted on white board

 

2020

Catherine L. Johnson

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Please click on each images for detail.
Please attend to the interstices between the 4 panels of each painting.

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interstice

[ in-tur-stis ]
noun, plural in·ter·stic·es [in-tur-stuh-seez, -stuh-siz] .
1. an intervening space.
2. a small or narrow space or interval between things or parts,
especially when one of a series of alternating uniform spaces and parts.
3. an interval of time.

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reFRAME: A                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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reFRAME: F                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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Steve Reich – Come Out 1966

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Come_Out_(Reich)

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Reich was asked to edit down tape footage into a form of collage for a benefit for the Harlem Six and Come Out was a byproduct of the collage’s production.[1] The Harlem Six were six black youths arrested for a murder of Margit Sugar, a Hungarian refugee, in Harlem in the weeks following the Little Fruit Stand Riot of 1964.[2] Only one of the six was responsible while the lead witness is generally considered the actual perpetrator. Truman Nelson, a civil rights activist and New Yorker who had asked Reich to compose a sound collage that was separate from Come Out, gave him a collection of tapes with recorded voices to use as source material. Nelson agreed to give Reich creative freedom with the tapes that he presented him for the sound collage. Come Out was a loop of four seconds of the more than 70 hours of tapes Nelson presented to Reich.[3]

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28 June 2020
ZACH is a WAVEWHIRL of ENERGY – taking these 2 pictures was a WOW victory!

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ZACHARY

WILLIAM

ROBERT

JAMES

WOODRIDGE

aka

ZACH

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8 months old!

Zach was a rescue from a reservation in North Dakota!
He was invited into my home / heart on 27 March 2020!

He is a blue heeler (cattle dog) x border collie

smart/sweet/saucy K9!!!

Zach goes to Mr. Meyer’s K9 Summer School for 4 hours every weekday!
https://www.facebook.com/LoftyDogs/
My dear friend, SBF,  generously provided a scholarship
for Zachary to attend
as I recover from orthopedic reconstructive Surgery #56 (20 May)!

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Surgery #55 was 27 December 2019: long SIX months of challenging immobility!
–  OVER THE MOON GR8FUL for those who encircled me with their loving/kind presence.

I practice the discipline/choice of RADICAL HOPE.

AND, I am alive!!!

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reFRAME: A                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/25/927-reframe-catherine-l-johnson-2020-false-narratives-7-terms-know-ken-burns-revision-versus-revisionist/

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Version of the Quito Song, recorded at Zoë’s home on 24 June 2020

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Zoë Keating   May 2018

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CHRYSALIS

“I HEAR THE BLOOM WITHIN THE SEED”

RESURGENCE

 

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“I HEAR THE BLOOM WITHIN THE SEED” 1993

– the title of my first solo art exhibition in Minneapolis
and
the title of the accompanying libretto I wrote.

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COVID19 is NOT a conspiracy / hoax!

ASK any medical / front line provider.

Practice the GOLDEN RULE!

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There are actual humans in MY building,
who are politicizing this airbourne killer virus,

and

REFUSE to WEAR A MASK

because
COVID19 is a left wing hoax.
They are weaponizing their behavior for their partisan beliefs.

A killer virus is not political.

2 Great Secrets to Marketing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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ONE month ago,
George Floyd was brutally inhumanly murdered by asphyxiation
by MPD Officer Chauvin and systemic racism.

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Please click on reFRAME (one of eight original paintings) for detail

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reFRAME: A                                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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reFRAMEreFRAMING

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The essential idea behind reFRAMING
is that a specific crystallized demographic / person’s
point-of-view depends
on the frame it is viewed in.

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When the frame is shifted,

the meaning changes

and

thinking

and

behavior

often change along with it.

X

Another way to understand
the concept of reFRAMING
is to imagine looking through
the frame of a camera lens.

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The picture seen through the lens
can be
changed and reshaped
to views / experiences
of

nascent truths 

and
expansive sensory possibilities

via

EXPLORING

  an unfixed exponential spectrum
of lenses from various
angles/distance/emotional/empirical/empathetic/spiritual

KALEIDOSCOPIC

vantage points.

X

By the willingness
of even slightly changing
what is seen in the camera,
the once
‘conditioned’ / ‘clung to’ / ‘conventional’ / ‘fixed’
cognitive and LIVED picture

IS

NOW

viewed
and
experienced
differently.

aNEW.

YES!

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7 TERMS kNOW

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SEEing

and

SAY THE NAME

is the

ANVIL

for

reVITALized

optics

and

language

and

interactive social justice.

 

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Please Stop ‘Checking In to See If I’m Okay’

Whatever you think I might be feeling because of the news right now,
it’s not new for me this week.
https://www.thecut.com/2020/06/i-dont-need-your-check-in-texts.html
About a week ago, I called a friend on the East Coast,
another black woman working in public radio,
to talk about something weird that was happening.
“Hey, are you getting a bunch of texts
from random white people asking if you’re okay?” I asked.
“What? No,” she said. “You are?”
I told her that I’d heard from a handful of people,
some of whom I hadn’t communicated with for months,
saying they couldn’t imagine the pain I must be feeling.
That they were here for me if I needed them.
I thought maybe this was just a thing people were doing in hyperwoke Oakland.
But then the next day,
that friend sent me a screenshot from one of her friends with the same language,
“Can’t imagine how black people are feeling. I’m so sorry.”
Another friend got a text from someone
she hadn’t spoken to in six years that noted
that she was “important” and called her “a queen.”
https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2020/06/09/davis-how-to-be-a-white-ally-and-practice-antiracism

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Mapping the hundreds of Confederate statues across the US | George ...

 

There are 771 Confederate statues in the US

(Figures last updated July 2019 by Southern Poverty Law Center)
The Southern states of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina and Texas
are home to half of the country’s Confederate statues and monuments.
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/06/mapping-hundreds-confederate-statues-200610103154036.html

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Natural History Does the Full Pander - WSJ

President Teddy Roosevelt
bookended
by generic representations of two marginalized demographics.
The visual language NAMES it.

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Ken Burns:

reVISION versus revisionist

FALSE NARRATIVES

EXCELLENT

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The African-Americans:

Many Rivers to Cross

with

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

6 episodes | PBS

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I Am Not Your Negro (2016) - Photo Gallery - IMDb

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

can be viewed on Amazon PRIME through 3 July 2020.

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Henri Matisse. Two Dancers. 1937

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THE CIVIL RIGHTS KITE FLYING PROJECT

THE CIVIL RIGHTS KITE FLYING PROJECT

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BUILD community with JOY!

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Every evening @ 7pm on Lowertown’s Prince Street!

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PHYSICAL distancing is necessary to FLY a kite!

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ALL WELCOME!!!!!

TURN OUT IS riSING!!!

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CREST: GEORGE FLOYD                                                                   Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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For further information / insight please click on links below:

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/15/863498848/supreme-court-delivers-major-victory-to-lgbtq-employees
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/04/27/917-announcing-the-first-worldwide-covid19-kite-flying-event-sunday-may-3rd-fly-a-kite-to-salute-the-brave-dedicated-front-line-workers-fly-a-kite-to-commemorate-those-weve-lost/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/17/924-the-crest-works-2020-catherine-l-johnson-sam-cooke-a-change-is-gonna-come-___________________/

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What is Juneteenth — Juneteenth flag, colors, etc

THE JUNETEENTH FLAG

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155th

anniversary

of

JUNETEENTH

Freedom Day

Jubilee Day

Liberation Day

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

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Lift Ev’ry Voice & Sing / Star Spangled Banner
– Black National Anthem –
rene marie

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In 2008

Rene Marie

was asked to sing the
National Anthem
at
Denver’s State of the City address.
The outcome was Rene singing

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing“,

“the black national anthem”

to the tune of
The Star Spangled Banner.
This caused a firestorm of controversy.

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I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Wish_I_Knew_How_It_Would_Feel_to_Be_Free

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IWISHIKNEW                                                                                         Catherine L. Johnson  2011  

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Within Our Gates (1920) – Oscar Micheaux

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Within_Our_Gates

 silent film

Within Our Gates

was produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux in 1919.
He is considered to be the first African-American director of feature films
and
this is the first such film still in existence.

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Within Our Gates

is a 1920 American silent film
by
the director Oscar Micheaux
that portrays the contemporary racial situation
in the United States during the early twentieth century,
the years of Jim Crow,
the revival of the Ku Klux Klan,
the Great Migration
of Blacks to cities of the North and Midwest,
and the emergence of the New Negro“.
It was part of a genre called race films.

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“Abandoned by her fiancé,
an educated Black woman
with a shocking past
dedicates herself
to helping a near bankrupt school
for impoverished negro youths.”

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Cast (IMDB):
Evelyn Preer as Sylvia Landry;
Flo Clements as Alma Prichard;
James D. Ruffin as Conrad Drebert;
Jack Chenault as Larry Prichard;
William Smith as Detective Philip Gentry;
Charles D. Lucas as Dr. V. Vivian;
Bernice Ladd as Mrs. Geraldine Stratton;
Mrs. Evelyn as Mrs. Elena Warwick;
William Stark as Jasper Landry;
Mattie Edwards as Jasper’s Wife;
Ralph Johnson as Philip Gridlestone;
E.G. Tatum as Efram, Gridlestone’s Servant;
Grant Edwards as Emil Landry;
Grant Gorman as Armand Gridlestone;
Leigh Whipper ;
Jimmie Cook as (uncredited);
S.T. Jacks as Reverend Wilson Jacobs (uncredited).

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Please click on this entry – FIVE years ago today, 16 June 2015:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/icanfeel-summer-2015-catherine-l-johnson/

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WHOSE NARRATIVE PREVAILS

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/809-the-longest-day-summer-solstice-until-the-story-of-the-hunt-is-told-by-the-lion-the-tale-of-the-hunt-will-always-glorify-the-hunter-african-proverb/

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The

CREST: GEORGE FLOYD

7:46

the tectonic plates of race and justice forever shifted

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works

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Catherine L. Johnson

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Please click on the images – originals – to enlarge

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CREST: GEORGE FLOYD                                                                   Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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CREST: GEORGE FLOYD  II                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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CREST: GEORGE FLOYD  III                                                          Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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CREST: GEORGE FLOYD  IV                                                         Catherine L. Johnson  2020

 

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CREST: GEORGE FLOYD  V                                                         Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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CREST: GEORGE FLOYD  VI                                                        Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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CREST: GEORGE FLOYD  VII                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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CREST: GEORGE FLOYD  VIII                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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https://www.cbs46.com/news/former-apd-officer-faces-11-charges-including-felony-murder-2nd-officer-also-charged/article_3bdcfbd6-b0af-11ea-a3a4-8ba245b9d8a8.html

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RADICAL

HOPE

ACTING

RADICAL

HOPE

WALKING

RADICAL

HOPE

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Please click on the image – an original – to enlarge

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CREST: GEORGE FLOYD                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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Eyes Blinking GIF by TraceLoops - Find & Share on GIPHY

O say can you SEE, by the dawn’s early LIGHT

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The day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed in 1968,
Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white Iowa town,
divided her third-grade class
into
blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups
and
gave them a daring lesson in discrimination.

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This is the story of that lesson,
its lasting impact on the children,
and
its enduring power 52 years later.

 

 

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IWISHIKNEW                                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson   2011

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O say can you SEE, by the dawn’s early LIGHT

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/921-emmett-till-george-floyd-the-tectonic-plates-shifted-and-the-400-old-cracked-down-volcano-erupted-be-a-soldier-of-social-justice/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/08/922-james-baldwn-1965-pin-drop-speech-st-paul-mayor-melvin-carter-iii-we-literally-all-are-george-st-paul-mayor-reflects-on-generations-of-pain-among-african-americans-nj-senator/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/01/01/891-i-c-a-n-s-e-e-2020-clearsighted-vision-1-january-2020/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/icanfeel-summer-2015-catherine-l-johnson/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/hall-of-lament-stand-your-ground-for-trayvon-martin-call-out-for-social-justice-moral-couragetruth-2012-st-paul-spring-art-crawl/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/iwishiknew-2011-catherine-l-johnson-mindless-menace-of-violence-robert-f-kennedy-5-april-1968-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition/

 

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/672-13th-amendment-to-the-constitution-neither-slavery-nor-involuntary-servitude-except-as-a-punishment-for-crime-whereof-the-party-shall-have-been-duly-convicted-shall-exist-within-the-unit/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/sparrow-fly-my-heart-free-catherine-l-johnson-2010-deafening-despair-call-and-response-the-sparrow-is-a-symbol-of-the-beloved/

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Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation

From the Center for Action and Contemplation

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Contemplation and Racism

Crisis Contemplation

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Thursday,  June 11, 2020

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Apart from a few monastic orders, Western Christianity neglected the systematic instruction of contemplative practice for hundreds of years. Yet many people naturally grow into nondual consciousness through great suffering or great love. Barbara Holmes suggests that “crisis contemplation” arose out of necessity during slavery, beginning in the Middle Passage when people were transported across the ocean as human cargo. In times such as this, contemplation becomes the soul’s strategy of survival.
It was a community of sorts, yet each person lay in their own chrysalis of human waste and anxiety. More often than not, these Africans were strangers to each other by virtue of language, culture, and tribe. Although the names of their deities differed, they shared a common belief in the seen and unseen. The journey was a rite of passage of sorts that stripped captives of their personal control over the situation and forced them to turn to the spirit realm for relief and guidance. . . .
The word contemplation must press beyond the constraints of religious expectations to reach the potential for spiritual centering in the midst of danger. Centering moments accessed in safety are an expected luxury in our era. During slavery, however, crisis contemplation became a refuge, a wellspring of discernment in a suddenly disordered life space, and a geo-spiritual anvil for forging a new identity. This definition of contemplation is dynamic and situational. . . .
As unlikely as it may seem, the contemplative moment can be found at the very center of such ontological crises . . . during the Middle Passage in the holds of slave ships . . . on the auction blocks . . . and in the . . . hush arbors [where slaves worshiped in secret]. Each event is experienced by individuals stunned into multiple realities by shock, journey, and displacement. . . . In the words of Howard Thurman, “when all hope for release in this world seems unrealistic and groundless, the heart turns to a way of escape beyond the present order.” [1] For captured Africans, there was no safety except in common cause and the development of internal and spiritual fortitude. . . .
The only sound that would carry Africans over the bitter waters was the moan. Moans flowed through each wracked body and drew each soul toward the center of contemplation. . . . On the slave ships, the moan became the language of stolen strangers, the sound of unspeakable fears, the precursor to joy yet unknown. . . . One imagines the Spirit moaning as it hovered over the deep during the Genesis account of creation [Genesis 1:2]. Here, the moan stitches horror and survival instincts into a creation narrative. . . . The moan is the birthing sound, the first movement toward a creative response to oppression, the entry into the heart of contemplation through the crucible of crisis.
Indeed, we are hearing the echoing moan of black and brown communities today, crying out “How long, O Lord, must our people suffer?”
Gateway to Action & Contemplation:
What word or phrase resonates with or challenges me? What sensations do I notice in my body? What is mine to do?
Prayer for Our Community:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.
Listen to Fr. Richard read the prayer.
Story from Our Community:
Living blocks from the scene of George Floyd’s murder, I find it so hard to stay centered in love while in the midst of breaking news that is breaking my heart. I have cycled several times through the emotions of denial, sadness, anger and hope. . . As I stand in circle with my black, brown and white neighbors each evening before curfew, I have real hopes that our community and others across the country will finally confront the racism that infects the many systems of our city, state and country. —Michael T.
[1] Howard Thurman, Deep River and the Negro Spiritual Speaks of Life and Death(Friends United: 1975), 29.
Adapted from Barbara A. Holmes, Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church, 2nd ed. (Fortress Press: 2017), 45–46, 50, 52.

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Understanding racism

and

inequality in America

Stories, videos, photo essays, audio and graphics
on black history, progress, inequality and injustice.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/08/understanding-racism-inequality-america/?arc404=true

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United States History at South Texas College - Recon LO 4

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/02/921-emmett-till-george-floyd-the-tectonic-plates-shifted-and-the-400-old-cracked-down-volcano-erupted-be-a-soldier-of-social-justice/

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Trayvon Martin - Wikipedia

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/hall-of-lament-stand-your-ground-for-trayvon-martin-call-out-for-social-justice-moral-couragetruth-2012-st-paul-spring-art-crawl/

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/isaiah-and-first-light-night-multimedia-installation-catherine-l-johnson-dan-choma-spring-2013-st-paul-art-crawl/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/sonics-isaiah-and-first-light-at-night-multimedia-installation-catherine-l-johnson-daniel-choma/

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Harlem’s James Baldwin

“Pin Drop Speech”

 Cambridge University, 1965

https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com/harlems-james-baldwin-pin-drop-speech-cambridge-university-1965-video/

 

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XGeorge Floyd independent autopsy and Minnesota officials say death ...

The Story Behind The Mural At The George Floyd Memorial

‘We literally all are George’:

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III

reflects on generations

of pain among

African Americans

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/07/politics/st-paul-minnesota-mayor-melvin-carter/index.html

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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker

on

Race / Empathy / his Legislation to stop abuses of power by law enforcement

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                                          Catherine L. Johnson  2013

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-press-release/

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NINA SIMONE

REVOLUTION and STRANGE FRUIT

Interspersing the performances are clips of an interview in which
Nina Simone discusses the role of the artist in society.

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Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation

From the Center for Action and Contemplation

Image credit: Red Azaleas Singing and Dancing Rock and Roll Music (detail), Alma Thomas, 1976, Smithsonian American Art Museum, bequest of the artist, 1980.36.2A-C, Washington, DC.

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Contemplation and Racism

The Unspoken Privilege of Being White

Monday,  June 8, 2020
For a long time, I naively hoped that racism was a thing of the past. Those of us who are white have a very hard time seeing that we constantly receive special treatment [because of social systems built to prioritize people with white skin]. This systemic “white privilege” makes it harder for us to recognize the experiences of people of color as valid and real when they speak of racial profiling, police brutality, discrimination in the workplace, continued segregation in schools, lack of access to housing, and on and on. This is not the experience of most white people, so how can it be true? Now, we are being shown how limited our vision is.
Because we have never been on the other side, we largely do not recognize the structural access we enjoy, the trust we think we deserve, the assumption that we always belong and do not have to earn our belonging. All this we take for granted as normal. Only the outsider can spot these attitudes in us. [And we are quick to dismiss what is apparent to our neighbors who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color [BIPOC] from their lived experience.]
Of course, we all belong.There is no issue of more or less in the eyes of an Infinite God. Yet the ego believes the lie that there isn’t enough to go around and that for me to succeed or win, someone else must lose. And so we’ve greedily supported systems and governments that work to our own advantage at the expense of others, most often people of color or any highly visible difference. The advancement of the white person was too often at the cost of other people not advancing at all. A minor history course should make that rather clear.
I would have never seen my own white privilege if I had not been forced outside of my dominant white culture by travel, by working in the jail, by hearing stories from counselees and, frankly, by making a complete fool of myself in so many social settings—most of which I had the freedom to avoid!
Power [and privilege] never surrenders without a fight. If your entire life has been to live unquestioned in your position of power—a power that was culturally given to you, but you think you earned—there is almost no way you will give it up without major failure, suffering, humiliation, or defeat. As long as we really want to be on top and would take advantage of any privilege or short cut to get us there, we will never experience true “liberty, equality, fraternity” (revolutionary ideals that endure as mottos for France and Haiti).
If God operates as me, God operates as “thee” too, and the playing field is utterly leveled forever. Like Jesus, Francis, Clare, and many other humble mystics, we then rush down instead of up. In the act of letting go and choosing to become servants, community can at last be possible. The illusory state of privilege just gets in the way of neighboring and basic human friendship.
Gateway to Action & Contemplation:
What word or phrase resonates with or challenges me? What sensations do I notice in my body? What is mine to do?
Prayer for Our Community:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.
Listen to Fr. Richard read the prayer.
Story from Our Community:
Living blocks from the scene of George Floyd’s murder, I find it so hard to stay centered in love while in the midst of breaking news that is breaking my heart. I have cycled several times through the emotions of denial, sadness, anger and hope. . . As I stand in circle with my black, brown and white neighbors each evening before curfew, I have real hopes that our community and others across the country will finally confront the racism that infects the many systems of our city, state and country. —Michael T.
Share your own story with us.
Adapted from “Richard Rohr on White Privilege,” interview with Reverend Romal J. Tune (January 19, 2016).
Available at https://sojo.net/articles/richard-rohr-white-privilege.
Image credit: Red Azaleas Singing and Dancing Rock and Roll Music (detail), Alma Thomas, 1976,
Smithsonian American Art Museum, bequest of the artist, 1980.36.2A-C, Washington, DC.

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JANE ELLIOTT

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Elliott

 

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PINE TREE: HOPE                                                                              Catherine L. Johnson  2005

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https://www.mnartists.org/artwork/pine-tree-hope-2005

 

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Washington, DC, Protest

June 3, 2020

Singer Kenny Sway sets up a mic and speakers,
then proceeds to lead the crowd in a stirring rendition of

Lean On Me.

Video compiled from various cams that recorded this poignant moment.

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George Floyd:

Democrats take a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds

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Please click on the links/images/paintings for information/detail.
Thank you.

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ANGERGRIEF STARTED ITS VOLCANIC CRY

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 WHATCOLOROFSKINDOYOUFEAR                                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/07/26/the-humanity-portfolio-2013-catherine-l-johnson-humanity-blood-is-red-is-blood-red/

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Questions about Emmett Till? Here are the answers.

EMMETT TILL

Emmett Till - Roscoe Jenkins - YouTube

Emmett Till

was lynched 65 years ago,

but it has been only three years ago

since Carolyn Bryant Donham

admitted that her lie

got him killed.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/25/emmett-till-long-wait-for-justice

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THE PERFECT STORM

OF SEQUENTIAL EVENTS:

THE TECTONIC PLATES SHIFTED

and

THE 400 OLD ‘CRACKED DOWN’ VOLCANO

ERUPTED

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Breonna Taylor Police Shooting: Governor Orders Review of ...

BREONNA TAYLOR

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/breonna-taylor-shooting-kentucky-999185/

Breonna Taylor Was Always Essential

The young EMT didn’t need to be a hero. She just needed to be alive

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Ahmaud Arbery shooting: A timeline of the case

AHMAUD ARBERY

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/political-commentary/ahmaud-arbery-georgia-killing-video-emmett-till-lynching-995458/

Video Shows Fatal Shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, Unarmed Black Man in ...

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AMY COOPER aka ‘Central Park Karen’

BREAKS THE LAW

CHOKES HER DOG,

and

 DOES THE WHITE PRIVILEGED DAMSEL IN DISTRESS LIE.

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Christian Cooper was in Bramble in NY Central Park bird watching.
He asked the Karen to leash her dog.
She refused.
So he offered the dog some treats.
Then she does the infamous THE DHA* and calls the NYPD.
* Dramatic Hysteria Actor
– a manipulative blunt verbal instrument of escalating hysteria
to turn the table from perpetrator to victim
– a gaslighting maneuver/practice engaged in dominant/subservient relations.

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christian cooper wasn't just a "birdwatcher" (jokes on you karen ...

CHRISTIAN COOPER

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/31/being-black-while-in-nature-youre-an-endangered-species

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HUMANITY PORTFOLIO: WHITEWASH                               Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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401 / FOUR HUNDRED+ONE YEARS

of a

binary system

of law and justice
that

TILTS:

upheld upholds/protected protects

America’s

white supremacy and its dominant society

as it

suppressed,

silenced,

and

denied denies

the

RIGHT to LIVE- BREATHE

of the ‘other’ in the same society.

– individuals who God gave them black/brown skin to wear.

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Four hundred years of

WHITEWASH

of

shrieks,

blood baths,

hangings,

beatings,

and

murder.

 

ENDS NOW.

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NINA SIMONE

REVOLUTION and STRANGE FRUIT

Interspersing the performances are clips of an interview in which
Nina Simone discusses the role of the artist in society.

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On

Memorial Day

24 May 2020

MINNEAPOLIS

8 minutes and 46 seconds

 

 

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George Floyd independent autopsy and Minnesota officials say death ...

GEORGE FLOYD

8 minutes and 46 seconds

I have not and will not watch the video of the murder. 
My heart breaks for the young woman who calmly decided
to record the testament his killing.

New George Floyd video shows three officers kneeling on his body ...

 GEORGE FLOYD’S MURDER

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_of_George_Floyd

The MURDERER,

MPD Officer Derek Chauvin,

and

the COMPLICIT/ACTIVE MURDERERS

 – Chauvin’s MPD colleagues:

Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane.

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A 17 year old girl witnessed/experienced the murder.
She, calmly, chose to use her cellphone camera to record

the truth,

the reality

countering the

WHTEWASH

of the MPD ‘official’ account
as did the surrounding CCTV videos
in the area of George Floyd’s murder.

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IPROMISETOTELL                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2015

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)

was a court-like restorative justice body

assembled in South Africa

after the end of apartheid.

SAHA - South African History Archive - GALLERY: Posters of the ...

Honoring Nelson Mandela | Prison Policy Initiative

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_and_Reconciliation_Commission_(South_Africa)

 

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Stunning mural of George Floyd provides community 'a place to process'

 

FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                                         Catherine L. Johnson 2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/803-this-is-america-childish-gambino-aka-donald-glover-freshdriedbloodiamhuman/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/hall-of-lament-stand-your-ground-for-trayvon-martin-call-out-for-social-justice-moral-couragetruth-2012-st-paul-spring-art-crawl/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/isaiah-and-first-light-night-multimedia-installation-catherine-l-johnson-dan-choma-spring-2013-st-paul-art-crawl/

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 ACTivate in TEAMS for JUSTICE

Dig,
dig deeper,
excavate, deeper,
root OUT systemic racism.

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400 year wound must be laid out in the light.
No shut down.
No short cuts. No binding.
No excuses.
Strong hearts/minds that can SEE.

 

Courageous compassionate leaders

of

empathy, creative intelligence and vision

must and will RISE.

 

RESET.

RESHAPE.

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Orange "Being Black Should Not Be a Death Sentence" poster] - UNT ...

All Across the Country, Athletes Are Fueling a Debate About How ...

Rapper KILLER MIKE states

>JANE ELLIOT’S BROWN EYE/BLUE EYE<

is ESSENTIAL

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Police order motorists to the ground in South Washington Street, Minneapolis, on Sunday.

George Floyd death: Minneapolis police officers fired; 'Being ...

George Floyd protest turns deadly; Minneapolis mayor requests ...

As the George Floyd protests continue,

let’s be clear where the violence is coming from

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/01/george-floyd-riots-violence-damage-property-police-brutality

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“Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?
If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

calls on the city’s police department
to charge the officer involved in the death of George Floyd.

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Managing the lawful and peaceful protests
that are continuing in Minnesota’s Twin Cities
while preparing for the possibility of more violence
is the job of state and local authorities.
St. Paul, Minnesota

Mayor Melvin Carter

  discusses what his city’s next steps are in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.

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Minneapolis police chief: all four officers 'complicit' in George ...

“This was a violation of humanity,”

Medaria Arradondo, Chief of MPD.

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Minnesota governor Tim Walz discusses George Floyd protests and ...

Walz visits memorial for George Floyd | KSTP.com

Governor Tim Walz

…Much like we failed to hear George Floyd
as he pleaded for his life as the world watched,
by people sworn to protect him, his community, our state.
Philando Castile silenced, unheard.
So many other friends, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers,
senselessly died in our street.

Their voices went unheard.

Now generations of pain is manifesting itself in front of the world.

The world is watching.

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Minnesota Human Rights Department

launches probe into Minneapolis police

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-files-civil-rights-charge-against-minneapolis-police-dept/570958652/?ref=nl&om_rid=1660397001&om_mid=826681801

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Black Lives Matter activism is working

https://www.vox.com/2020/6/2/21276472/police-killing-statistics-african-american

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25 May 2020

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I would be protesting, ON THE STREET.

ALL I can do is write: name.

I am recovering from Surgery #56 (20 May 2020),
a revision of Surgery #55 ( 27 December 2019).
I cannot stand or walk yet.

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Note the original painting behind me:

BREATH

1997
Catherine L. Johnson
BREATH #1                                                                                         Catherine L. Johnson  1997X

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https://www.mnartists.org/artwork/breath-1997-two-views-dynamicshifting-ambient-light

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I SERVE.

MY ART SERVES.

I am here.

 

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Time magazine cover reflects on Trump's first year in office by ...

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“I am the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington
and was not given even a courtesy call,
that they would be clearing [the area] with tear gas
so they could use one of our churches as a prop,”
Budde said.
She excoriated the president for standing in front of the church
— its windows boarded up with plywood — holding up a Bible,
which Budde said
“declares that God is love.”

“Everything he has said and done is to inflame violence,”

Budde of the president.

We need moral leadership,

and he’s done everything to divide us.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/bishop-budde-trump-church/2020/06/01/20ca70f8-a466-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

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NAVY BLUE

improvisational

SEAS

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14 reVISIONS

disparate panels that ignite each other: A/LIVE

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GenesIS story:

the drawings

are created
on several large pieces of 80lb. archival paper:
white Caran d’Ache Pablo Colored Pencil on deep navy blue paper.
I cut up each of the drawings into unique panels.

I re-compose

— finding two panels which create an electric arcs —

connecting / unifying

separateness

into

one.

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BRIGHT LINES

that

JUMP LIFE OUT

re-connect re-vitalize re-new re-invent re-define re-create
of

our

pandemic

DEEP NIGHT

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NAVY BLUE: soUnd                                                                        Catherine L. Johnson   2020

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NAVY BLUE: crEst                                                                                    Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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NAVY BLUE: ecHo                                                                                   Catherine L. Johnson   2020

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NAVY BLUE: heaRING                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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NAVY BLUE: dEEp                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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NAVY BLUE: aroUnd                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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NAVY BLUE: rOndO                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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NAVY BLUE: walKING                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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NAVY BLUE: VOicing                                                                              Catherine L. Johnson  2020

 

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NAVY BLUE: cross-BE AT                                                                          Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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NAVY BLUE: OUTside                                                                             Catherine L. Johnson  2020

 

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NAVY BLUE: INterval                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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NAVY BLUE: SHEdding                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2020

 

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NAVY BLUE: heAT                                                                          Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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TRUE

SPONTANEOUS

INSTINCT

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HONEST

ELECTRIC

INTIMATE

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RAW TRUTH

HEART AUDIOS

ELEGANT TOUCH

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The NAVY BLUE series is my falling / rising work
– the first explorations without my talisman, my tuning fork:
the cosmic
Jaspar Obi.
And, my first explorations with “Frankie and Stein” – learning to walk.
And ,the love I know in my blood.
Jaspar is present as the FIRST light!
NOW enters:
Zachary William Robert James Woodridge

 

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Please click on image to enlarge and for detail.

Thank you.

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Please click on link for further information:
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/navy-blue-improvisational-seas

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Image result for dark blue ocean gif

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Jaspar Obi  6 December 2015  (2007-2019)

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Zachary William Robert James Woodridge   15 May 2020

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