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GRACE_#2_2017_CATHERINELJOHNSON_YES3GRACE #2     Catherine L. Johnson   2017

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GRACE_#7_2017_CATHERINELJOHNSON_YES3GRACE #7         Catherine L. Johnson   2017

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GRACE

a series of original paintings

2017

Catherine L. Johnson

 

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Please click on the links for further information:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/737-grace-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2017-catherine-l-johnson-pablo-neruda-of-everything-i-have-seen-what-am-i-to-do-love-loved-one/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/09/17/950-wounded-healer-grace-love-fierce-love-the-healing-power-of-human-connection/

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face, accept, float, let time pass

Running away, not facing.
Fighting, not accepting.
Arresting and ‘listening in’, not floating past.
Being impatient with time, not letting time pass.

https://psyche.co/ideas/one-womans-six-word-mantra-that-has-helped-to-calm-millions

 

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Being Kind to Yourself

https://hiddenbrain.org/podcast/being-kind-to-yourself/

 

“…people who practice self-compassion

are more conscientious

and

more likely to take responsibility for their mistakes…”

 

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I recently received:

” I think of you all the time. I truly miss you.”

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Heal/thy relationships

are

gardens

needing

consistent sincere connection,

risk / adventure,

shared attentiveness, dedicated tending,

comforting happiness, welcoming acceptance,

and

loving kindness

yielding

blooms

of

a trusting partnership,

  joyous radical hope, boundless dimension,

deep got your back trust

and

the improvisational song of songs of lovers.

Gardeners.

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Both are bonded as willing gardeners by grace

 

sharing + savoring the beauty’s precious sweetness

 

one’s words are not ‘werds’,

one’s words are preludes to actions

 

INTEGRITY

‘goodness of fit’

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A luminous relationship

is not

when its convenient for one person

and/or

on one person’s terms

– that is

plucking / plundering

the nurtured blooms of the garden

for one’s own pleasure

bleeding / exhausting / fleecing

the

GRACE.

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Types of Roses - 3 Roses Every Garden Needs

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XKATH_12OCT2021_forHERbodysoulENDURINGchemo_WPFor my sister, Kath, as her body/soul endures chemotherapy    Catherine L. Johnson  2021

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THREE GOLD FISH

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The

TRINITY

The

MIRACLE

of

SHARING

told by the

FISHES and LOAVES

story

in the

Bible

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Honoring / recalling the forever radiance of Gracie

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CROWNS_CAN_BITE_#1_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSONCROWNS CAN BITE #1     Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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CROWNS_CAN_BITE_#2_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WPCROWNS CAN BITE #2     Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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CROWNS_CAN_BITE_#3_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSONCROWNS CAN BITE #3     Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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CROWN

symbol of power and its corruptible potential

appointed by self-serving ego / anointed to serve humanity

 

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consequence-free behavior

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Mark Zuckerberg’s

famous motto:

“Move fast and break things.”

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TRUMP_crownscanbIte_WP

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Former White House Russia expert

Fiona Hill warns

the U.S. is on a path to autocracy

https://www.npr.org/2021/10/06/1043401926/russia-expert-fiona-hill-there-is-nothing-for-you-here

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The Nobel Peace Prize 2021

https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2021/press-release/

https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/nobel-peace-prize-2021-updates-intl/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Nobel_Peace_Prize

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JOURNALISTS

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov

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Announcement

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace. Ms Ressa and Mr Muratov are receiving the Peace Prize for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia. At the same time, they are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.

Maria Ressa uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines. In 2012, she co-founded Rappler, a digital media company for investigative journalism, which she still heads. As a journalist and the Rappler’s CEO, Ressa has shown herself to be a fearless defender of freedom of expression. Rappler has focused critical attention on the Duterte regime’s controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign. The number of deaths is so high that the campaign resembles a war waged against the country’s own population. Ms Ressa and Rappler have also documented how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse.

Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov has for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions. In 1993, he was one of the founders of the independent newspaper Novaja Gazeta. Since 1995 he has been the newspaper’s editor-in-chief for a total of 24 years. Novaja Gazeta is the most independent newspaper in Russia today, with a fundamentally critical attitude towards power. The newspaper’s fact-based journalism and professional integrity have made it an important source of information on censurable aspects of Russian society rarely mentioned by other media. Since its start-up in 1993, Novaja Gazeta has published critical articles on subjects ranging from corruption, police violence, unlawful arrests, electoral fraud and ”troll factories” to the use of Russian military forces both within and outside Russia.

Novaja Gazeta’s opponents have responded with harassment, threats, violence and murder. Since the newspaper’s start, six of its journalists have been killed, including Anna Politkovskaja who wrote revealing articles on the war in Chechnya. Despite the killings and threats, editor-in-chief Muratov has refused to abandon the newspaper’s independent policy. He has consistently defended the right of journalists to write anything they want about whatever they want, as long as they comply with the professional and ethical standards of journalism.

Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda. The Norwegian Nobel Committee is convinced that freedom of expression and freedom of information help to ensure an informed public. These rights are crucial prerequisites for democracy and protect against war and conflict. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov is intended to underscore the importance of protecting and defending these fundamental rights.

Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it will be difficult to successfully promote fraternity between nations, disarmament and a better world order to succeed in our time. This year’s award of the Nobel Peace Prize is therefore firmly anchored in the provisions of Alfred Nobel’s will.

Oslo, 8 October 2021

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Opinion:

These two brave journalists

won the Nobel Peace Prize

at just the right time

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/08/nobel-peace-prize-journalists-maria-ressa-dmitry-muratov-won-right-time/

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Opinion:

Why the Nobel Peace Prize award

is a huge blow to

Facebook

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/09/maria-ressa-nobel-prize-indictment-of-facebook/

 

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America needs

reporters as brave to speak out

and

dedicated to democracy

as

JOURNALISTS

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov

 

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Please click on the links below:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/09/26/1034-recent-unwelcome-power-play-would-this-be-a-story-with-a-male-artist-no/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/09/29/1035-black-and-blue-white-paper-crown-2021-catherine-l-johnson-st-pauls-art-crawl-1-2-3-october-2021-northern-warehouse-308-prince-street/

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Whistle blowing: UNIABUJA sacks 2 senior workers – The Sun Nigeria

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PAPER_CROWN_WEAR_THE_CROWN_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WPBLACK + BLUE: WHITE PAPER CROWN    Catherine L. Johnson  2021

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 white privileged men’s crown

– a social construct of power + leverage

not practiced by all white men –

 white privileged men’s sense of entitlement

to sex, to admiration, care, bodily autonomy, knowledge, and power

a pervasive social problem with often devastating consequences

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PLEASE CLICK + READ:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/09/26/1034-recent-unwelcome-power-play-would-this-be-a-story-with-a-male-artist-no/

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Please click on link below for further information on the art:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/08/19/1025-blank-paper-crown-circle-2021-catherine-l-johnson/

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What Does It Mean

for

EMPATHY

to be

“The Fuel of Democracy”?

https://www.aspenideas.org/index.php/sessions/what-does-it-mean-for-empathy-to-be-the-fuel-of-democracy

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Democracy is in danger, not only in foreign places where autocrats rule, but also here at home. We are divided between those who would let the people rule and those who would allow rule by the powerful, greedy few. Defending our democratic system takes a new kind of democratic practice. It’s not only the practice of communal celebration; it’s the cultivation of self. President Biden said, “Empathy is the fuel of democracy.” Could that be true? Sherry Turkle, author of the Empathy Diaries, and MSNBC’s Joshua Johnson, a keen cultural critic, discuss how empathy might save us — and where it could fall short.

 

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Black and Blue:

‘When Coach Is Also a Cop’

https://www.aspenideas.org/sessions/black-and-blue-when-coach-is-also-a-cop

 

Charles Adams, a 20-year Minneapolis police officer, built a powerhouse football program at North High, in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods. With a group of cop-coaches, they forged a bond with the community on the way to the state championship. But winning didn’t resolve the conflict of being black and blue, magnified when Adams was called to the front lines in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Jon Frankel talks with Coach and one of his star players about bridging divides and making meaningful connections when cops engage beyond traditional policing. What impacts can these unlikely relationships have on kids and families?

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HUMANITY_BLACKBLUEYOUMAKETHENYOULIE_CATHERINELJOHNSON_2013_WPHUMANITY: BLACKBLUEYOUMAKETHENYOULIE   Catherine L. Johnson  2013

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/nate-chinen-nyt-8816-a-cri-de-coeur-from-jazz-musicians-in-a-black-lives-matter-age-blanchards-breathless-hall-of-lament-2012-isaiah-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-freshdri/

 

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Catherine L. Johnson

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St. Paul’s ART CRAWL

1/ 2/ 3 October 2021

+

Northern Warehouse

308 Prince Street

#511

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due to the DELTA VARIANT,

I chose NOT to open my space

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My visual offerings are installed OUTSIDE my studio

on the adjacent walls

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be HEAL/THY and practice the GOLDEN RULE

please wear your mask

THANK YOU!

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the sudden / unexpected death of the radiant multi-spheric

Pamela Espeland

https://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2021/09/remembering-pamela-espeland/
https://www.startribune.com/beloved-writer-pamela-espeland-a-staple-of-the-arts-scene-dies/600101807/

is a seismic / profound loss to the Twin Cities

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Pamela’s warm gravitas, elegance, honed open heart/ eye/ ear,

and

talent with the rare capacity

to transcribe / decipher complex visual/aural experiences into words

was a gift to both the artists and the public.

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loving blessings to her heartbroken John and her family, and to all who encountered Pamela

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Pamela witnessed an impromptu collaboration

between jazz vocalist rene marie and my writings:

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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sexual_harassment_work

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RECENT + UNWELCOME + POWER PLAY

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A story of an acquisition of my art:

by / of / with

a collector,

a male,

a professional relationship

that became

sexual harassment 

– lewd, dark, sad and horrible.

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ABUSE

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a referral

of a promising collector from an out of state trusted relative:

NOT my choice for the ABUSE

or

of the dark 

which the relationship would become

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virtual communications

between  a new collector and me, the artist: 

calls / missed calls / calls that were never made / calls

texts / missed texts / texts that were never sent / texts

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at last,

a specific original work is selected:

a stunning, beautiful, sublime work from the series of PRAYER

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written contract / bill of sale is approved with the new collector:

he paid in full for the art

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in the early morning of

Sunday 12 September,

a text is received by me:

rather

a

sext

[ sekst ]

noun

‘a sexually explicit text message, etc.,

sent to someone usually by cell phone.’

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example of sexual harassment:

Sending a person sexual messages without their permission, requesting to send pictures

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 the collector’s sext:

detailed disclosure describing

 graphic / descriptive aspects of his external organs,

“…most women can’t me in…”

his very lucrative business,

“…may I show you…”  

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I was stunned / stung and felt sad / angry:

automatically MY BODY LOCKED

trauma does that

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in a moment:

my pink beating heart stopped to black + blue stone

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I navigated the collector’s sext with a decision to NOT respond

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I could/can NOT block the collector because of:

the relationship of the referral

and

the framing / packing/ shipping of acquisition

was completed by my framer

YET

the packaged art would not be delivered

until

Thursday 16 September

– 4 days after his UNWELCOME sext

and

the framer had not been paid for any of his rendered services

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framer informed collector multiple times by calls / texts:

delivery could be released ONLY with a signed signature:

the routine three attempts of delivery FAILED

– no one present for the requisite signature

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I broke my silence to the collector:

sending him an email

with

an image of the framer’s shipping receipt

and

a screenshot of the courier’s records of each delivery attempts

asking ‘what is your plan?’

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as stated:

the courier’s policy is to return the package to the shipper

this valuable, unrepeatable / irreplaceable work of art

would be handled yet again

while shipped back to the framer

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Collector calls me after email,

not the framer:

he YELLS,

YELLING, 

screaming,

verbally lashing out at me

‘YOU DON’T RESPECT ME’

( no acknowledgement / no ownership / no accountability of his sext)

(the framer had called/texted + the courier service had notified him several times of their three failed attempts)

and,

still YELLING,

slams the phone down.

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My involvement:

  answering his call

and

saying ‘hello’.

 

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finally,

the art was picked up by the collector

no response from the collector

about his beautiful acquisition of my art

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framer now awaits payment:

framer, overwrought, states

‘you will be responsible for collector’s bill if my services are unpaid’

never before has that been declared in our 20 year relationship

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Describe my state.

Describe the relationship dynamic.

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Would this be a story with a male artist

in the same professional business transaction?

– a demonstration of the social construct of power + leverage

not practiced by all white men –

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this story has NEVER before has been experienced by me

with any of my collectors’ acquisitions:

NEVER

my remarkable collectors are of both genders

gender based violence* / sexual power plays

are

NEVER

the relational experience

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Council of Europe - Wikipedia

Types of gender-based violence

https://www.coe.int/en/web/gender-matters/types-of-gender-based-violence

* All forms of violence have a psychological aspect,

since the main aim of being violent or abusive

is to hurt the integrity and dignity of another person.

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Thank you to my trusted circles of friends, men and women,

who listened  to me and affirmed me,

as an artist, a women, a precious being

in my time of OH NO recoil:

intense DO NOT TO ME vulnerability.

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I will NOT be silenced:

by shame,

by embarrassment

by ‘get over it’ dismissive

by ‘I don’t believe you’

or

by any excuse / rationalization / justification

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Suffering.

I suffered:

suddenly blind-sided,

clenched in his sext’s soot,

followed by his bellowing

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Women suffer by this drama

perpetrated

by

insecure

men:

men who attempt to assert a dominance

by changing the once equal / respectful / dignified dynamic

into an off the rails, unsafe patriarchal power construct

by their practice of

demeaning

sexual harassment / gender violence

– an attempt to

dis-empower / destabilize / objectify

 women

– vulnerable passive women and confident alpha women.

I am an alpha – always was.

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The acquisition is a beautiful visual song / choir

of

radical hope:

ALWAYS will be

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HALO_THE_PRAYER_WHEEL_2003_CRERIE

photograph of framed acquisition taken by the framer before the art was packed and shipped

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I pray that his acquisition 

– a profound work of hope, radiance, and compassion –

will call out his rooted darkness

and

be a slow balm,

a healing,

knowing the artist,

– a vehicle of the sacred –

a she/ her / female / woman artist,

created the work the art,

the offering

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  this specific

meditative powerful 2003 series

 was

acquired

by / for

private / corporate collections

nationwide

and

in

Canada

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the poignancy and the universality

of the

art’s prayer wheel

– its gospel and hymn –

annuls / makes void / annihilates

the disgrace of his sext:

a failed attempt

to debase / undermine

the artist

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I am Catherine L. Johnson

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sexual_harassment_work

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6 October

denouement

or

dé·noue·ment

[ dey-noo-mahn ]

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my remarkable framer is now back

from celebrating his 6th wedding anniversary

in Hawaii with the love of his life.

the check from the collector for his services

had been delivered to his shop.

RELIEF

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we spoke of WE WISH of another final resolution,

a denouement that would seize back the light:

to return the payment of his acquisition

immediately after I received the sext

you are not deserving of my art

YET

the payment of the art was already made weeks before the sext

and

the art was framed / packed and was already shipped to the collector

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my framer has ‘danced’ with my art for over almost 30 years

we always have celebrated with my collectors

when they receive their framed acquisitions

this was a first which injured our relationship

and

we certainly did not celebrate with the collector

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we ‘walked’ through the story together and we are good

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my art is a vehicle of the divine

and

its light and strength

is always greater

than fractured

human’s darkness and power plays

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I am human and I developed rosacea

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this entry called out hundreds of personal stories / testimonials

from readers nationwide:

 thanking me for my courage in writing my experience

and

choosing to publish the darkness of abuse

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I had worked on Wall Street for six years – either walking or taking the subway to the WTC.  Watching, watching, watching that day and all the days later – a fleeting image  of my dear friend, artist Donna Dennis who lived on Duane Street in Tribeca  appeared on the TV.
 Donna was handing out bottles of water. Of course.

 

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11September2001_Rose_CantataforHealing_2001_CLJ_WP411 SEPTEMBER 2001    Catherine L. Johnson    2001

 

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Four original drawings.

Each drawing: 40″H x 24″W

 

11 September 2001

Four works on paper created during the week of 11 September 2001. Four original works representing the four cardinal directions, collages of roses : smoke-shattered images made whole.

The series was placed in several ecumenical locations in memorial.

The four pieces were created immediately in the week/wake of our nation’s tragedy of devastation and horror in the backyard of Harold/Esther Stassen’s Sunfish Lake, MN home.

The Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata, Minnesota, installed my art for an ecumenical memorial service on the first anniversary.

I called the ministers at WCC church in July 2002 asking if they thought of offering an ecumenical memorial service marking the first anniversary of 9/11 and I had created  four original works immediately as my way of coping and transforming the terror.

We agreed to a face to face appointment. I knew they had to experience the four works.

My proposal was for a high ceremony of remembrance- and the work would be installed in the colonnade at the 4 cardinal directions high above eye level and each would shrouded by drapes of black veil that would fall onto the floor. Haunting. I know trauma sears the nervous system and scars the bone and heart. I know healing occurs in communion with others – sacred listening and intimate acknowledgement which slowly draws out the embedded dark energy. A sacred process of grace love.

The following day, Rev. Bob Stout called me and stated WCC would host an ecumenical service on 11 September 2002 and my work would be a visual centerpiece and a ‘performer’ in the service of remembrance and healing.

I was requested to walk in the processional with the Police Dept., the Fire Dept., and the city and state officials – all the ministers were involved.

Rev. Bob Stout calls me on 11 September 2002 as the first memorial service was occurring at Ground Zero. He asked me if  was watching the broadcast. Yes, I replied. He says in a quiet halting voice: ‘the color of the roses given to the survivors are the SAME color as the roses In your work and the wind is pulling up the debris of bone/ash creating a spiral upward as in your work…’ Artists as conduit, a divining rod, an instrument. Art as oracle, a balm.

On the eve of 11 September 2002, the Wayzata Community Church’s sanctuary was shoulder-to-shoulder seated on the pews and standing.

At the end of the solemn hour long service, the four ministers led the congregation out into the spacious colonnade where my four original works were shrouded in black veil set high. Complete silence as the congregation filled the spacious colonnade. 

Once everyone entered and had stilled, Rev. Bob Stout nodded. This gesture signaled to the other three ministers to pull down the black veils and the images of roses seemed to rush and rise upward as the black veil fell to the ground. A year of mourning had been marked. 

I created 3000 ribbons that appeared as wing-breaths in the days and weeks following 9/11. Nine steps was the”mantra”- the steps to create each ribbon- like the prayers in the Kaddish to commend the spirit to Heaven. Nine is a number that has symbolic resonance as well.

I created ribbons every night at the Dakota Jazz Club with my dearest friend, Jane Matteson for: fire departments, hospital ERs, bereft families, Minnesota Orchestra musicians and conductor (my brother Bill and I met for concerts – Elgar’s Nimrod was offered and, at the intermission, I  brought a basket of my ribbons for the musicians and Osmo Vänskä…when the musicians and Vänskä  re-entered the stage, each wore a ribbon).

My first ‘actions’ were initiated at the South YMCA where I was a water fitness and weight training instructor. I set up a table for families at the South YMCA – and each person created one step of the nine steps and, once completed passed it to the person sitting next to them – until completion. The ‘actions’ were soothing and transformed fear into a productive gesture. Families, extended families, participated: a positive action to quiet overwhelming fear ans helplessness. Community actions binds the wounds – together as one, not alone.

 

The shape of the ribbons evolved

and

became to look more like wings

toward the denouement of my offering.

 

Please note:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/11-september-2001-11-september-2011/

https://catherineljohnson.art/2021/02/09/11september2001-a-cantata-for-healing/

 

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Stencil of my hand print – each created for

my Aunt Anne + my Uncle Bob,

my late Mother’s older/only sister and younger/only brother.

IDK if/when I will have a live encounter with either of them again.

 I created and sent a red outline on my hand to my beloved younger

cousin Connie as she was dying.

Red was her favorite color.

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The outline of my hand print will be the offer of my presence

– the sacred energy of:

I AM HERE for/with YOU.

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World's Oldest Artwork Discovered in Indonesia | Artnet News

A hand print found in Indonesia and believed to be at least 39,900 years old

Photo: Kinez Riza via Nature

 

 

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9 September 2021 check up

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Psalm 139 – Held in the Net of God's Care | Highway of Saints

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 In the book of Psalms,

David writes in chapter 139 verses 13 and 14:

“for it was You who created my inward parts;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I will praise You because I have been fearfully and wonderfully made”.

Fearfully when translated from the Hebrew means with great reverence,

heart-felt interest, and with respect.

Wonderfully when translated from the Hebrew means unique and set apart.

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FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/07/24/1022-24-july-2021-91f%f0%9f%8c%9e-ipromisetotell-re-set-ad-just-ad-apt-i-see-you-i-am-here/

 

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9 September 2021 check up

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YOUDEARPRECIOUS_#2_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSONyouDEARPRECIOUS’ #2           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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For further information on the work above, please click on link below:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/06/13/1014-udeerpresh-uhs-youdearprecious-2021-catherine-l-johnson-8-original-works/

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BLIND WOKE BLIND

#1/ #2/ #3/ #4

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2001

Catherine L. Johnson

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18″ H x 13.75″ W

Mixed media:

layers of custom color paint, graphite, and silver metallic pencil on heavyweight archival board

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BLIND_WOKE_BLIND_#1_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WP2BLIND WOKE BLIND #1      Catherine L. Johnson  2021

 

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BLIND_WOKE_BLIND_2021_CATHERNELJOHNSON_WP_edited-1BLIND WOKE BLIND #2      Catherine L. Johnson  2021

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BLIND_WOKE_BLIND_#2_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WP_edited-1BLIND WOKE BLIND #3      Catherine L. Johnson  2021

 

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BLIND_WOKE_BLIND_#4_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WPBLIND WOKE BLIND #4      Catherine L. Johnson  2021

 

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you think you know because you do not

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there is choosing/choice in navigating the circumstances in one’s story

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one’s story may be a testament of their resilience in overcoming

and

the remarkable entrance of others’ who can SEE one

and

the original blessing strength of faith RADICAL HOPE authentic love

 

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one does not choose nor have choice

of what is congenital at birth

and

of what is the contemporaneous society’s value system

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you become trustworthy by the quality/content

of your sincere questions to know another

– the sacred ‘gardening’

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telling another you know their choices before the ‘gardening’ is an affront

PERIOD.

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you think you know because you do not

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Everyone and every thing is created in the “image of God.”

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Reinhold Niebuhr - Nothing is Worth doing... | Wow words, Inspirational  verses, Prose poem

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We Can't Comprehend This Much Sorrow - The New York TimesNew York Times

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advantage blindness

Do You Have “Advantage Blindness”?

https://hbr.org/2018/04/do-you-have-advantage-blindness

Our research on speaking truth to power shows there is often a blind spot among the powerful, preventing them from seeing their impact on the less powerful. We call this advantage blindness. When you have advantage blindness, you don’t feel privileged. You don’t notice a life of special treatment; it’s just normal. You don’t think about your physical safety most of the time; you don’t worry about holding hands with your partner in public; when you get angry, no one asks you if it’s because of your hormones; and people in power generally look like you.

 

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A history of “wokeness”

https://www.vox.com/culture/21437879/stay-woke-wokeness-history-origin-evolution-controversy

“Jesus said, ‘Not everyone who says to me,

“Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven.’

Not everyone who says, ‘Woke, woke,’

is actually committed to racial justice.”

 

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Summer of Soul | The Loft Cinema

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The Harlem Cultural Festival

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

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

Black Woodstock 1969.jpg

1969

Mount Morris Park

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SUMMER OF SOUL


In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now. SUMMER OF SOUL shines a light on the importance of history to our spiritual well-being and stands as a testament to the healing power of music during times of unrest, both past and present. The feature includes never-before-seen concert performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King, The 5th Dimension and more.

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Remarkable.

Powerful.

A MUST experience!

The documentary reveals bejeweled prisms of reality lived concurrently with Woodstock, a reality which was deleted by the dominant culture. Two disconnected rivers of life –  distinct waters that taste/see/feel as in two cultures.

Questlove’s documentary is the kiss that revives a crypt of I WISH I KNEW freedom – a poignant HALLELUJAH gospel of living ALIVE!!!!! Beautiful!

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Questlove

Revives

‘Black Woodstock’

In

Summer Of Soul

Documentary

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/01/1033238644/questlove-revives-black-woodstock-in-summer-of-soul-documentary

 

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross.

My guest, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, has made his directorial debut with the new documentary “Summer Of Soul.” Questlove co-founded The Roots, which is, among other things, the house band for “The Tonight Show,” where Questlove serves as the music director. He describes his new film as his chance to restore history.

The historic-but-forgotten event the film documents is the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, a series of six concerts held in Harlem’s Mount Morris Park, which is now called Marcus Garvey Park. It was free and open to the public. And tens of thousands of people attended, mostly Black and brown. The roster of performers representing different strains of Black and Latino music included Stevie Wonder, Sly and the Family Stone, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The 5th Dimension, The Staple Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Ray Barretto, Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln. The festival was one year after the assassination of Martin Luther King, during the period of the Black Power movement.

The concerts spanned from June 29 to August 24, overlapping with both the Woodstock Festival and the first moonwalk. About 40 hours of performances were recorded on video by Hal Tulchin. A couple of hours were shown on local TV in New York. But Tulchin was unable to produce it into a film or TV series in spite of trying for years to attract funders. The tape sat in his basement for about 50 years.

Just before his death, he signed over the rights to two producers, who brought on Questlove to turn it into the film that is now “Summer Of Soul.” Questlove wrote about the period in Black music just after the festival in his book about “Soul Train.” He has a new book that will be published in the fall called “Music Is History,” focusing on 1971 to the present.

Questlove, welcome back to FRESH AIR. Congratulations on the film.

QUESTLOVE: Thank you….

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IWISHIKNEW    Catherine L. Johnson  2011

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IWISHIKNEW

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/ 

2011

Catherine L. Johnson

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Pine_Tree_HOPE_2005_CATHERINELJOHNSON_HUMANLYPOSSIBLE_INSTINCTPine Tree: HOPE           Catherine L. Johnson  2005

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In the week following

the physical/psychic horror and inhumanity of

Hurricane Katrina.

I created the Pine Tree: HOPE series

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/early-in-the-morning-on-29-august-29-2005-hurricane-katrina-struck-the-gulf-coast-of-the-united-states-pine-tree-hope-2005-catherine-l-johnson-allen-toussaints-the-bright-mississippi/

as a luminous prayer for / to

hold up to the light

the survivors

in that time of

deafening despair + terror.  

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The work calls out Martin Buber’s

distinction

between

the I-Thou relationship

versus

the I-It relationship.

The sacred Thou in all.

Not we v. the other.

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The

practice

of the

Golden Rule

is

empathy / respect.

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I hold up to the light

ALL whose lives are / were

ransacked

by

Hurricane Ida.

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