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CHERISH. WHISPER. SOFTLY.                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2009

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whisper
[ hwis-per, wis-per ]
to utter with soft, low sounds, using the breath, lips

 

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The elevator in my building,
Artspace’s The Northern Warehouse,
has been down
for

9

days. 
My recent reconstructive surgery prohibits me taking the 5 flights of steps
to
go

OUTSIDE.

Feeling
TRAPPED, HOSTAGE, IMPRISONED
with my free will denied
is
terrible, difficult, challenging.

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must practice MY freedom exodus flights in MY mind’s eye:
I slowly lift

open

the large window in my loft
so I can feel
the  thrill of the heaven’s wind exhaling
the soft blue of the sky.
My soul escapes:
my body, my cherished wings billow
out from the tight coil
– RELEASED
and

I fly, flying

soaring.

Calming me.

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Stages
of the
FREEDOMEXODUS

RADICAL HOPE

own compose author your life
spiral VIOLET improvisational dance:

ALL

aware practices,

heal/thy disciplines,

telling the truth,

continuous rehearsals,

and

selecting a beautiful life force honest ensemble

for the

revolutionary

GIANT STEPS

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DECISIONS / CHOICES

for

RISING:

🌪VICTIM 🌪 >  🌲SURVIVOR🌲  >  👑WARRIOR👑

http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/pine-tree-appeal-heaven-1998-2000
 

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WONder.

AWE.

AWEmen!!! AWEwomen!!!

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SEE my WINGS?

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Serenity Prayer: I can do this.

Violet energy.

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My brother suddenly wanted to see me.
This morning, immediately.
He calls me at 7:15 am
He drove an hour from his home with all his dogs
churning black and white and brown
in the back leather seats of his car.

Catherine! Catherine!

Let down your hair!

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“The arc

of the moral universe

is long,

but it bends

towards

justice.”

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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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IPROMISETOTELL_2015_CATHERINELJOHNSONIPROMISETOTELL                                                            Catherine L. Johnson 2015

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17 November 2016/ Germany

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Our POTUS Obama reminds us to stay vigilant,
fight for things like free speech and other civil liberties.
Our POTUS making appeals to honor and for reason and upholding civility 
during this time of unprecedented turbulence in America
with the President-Elect who summoned/ called out
the opposite of the Better Angels of our Nature.

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humanity_whitewash_catherineljohnson_2013_-17nov2016HUMANITY PORTFOLIO: WHITEWASH                               Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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The HUMANITY PORTFOLIO 2013

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/

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NO  WHITEWASHING!

Truth RISING/ RISING Truth

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Police Officer Who Shot

Philando Castile

Charged With Manslaughter

The officer fired SEVEN times
into the car Castile was driving with his girlfriend and her young daughter

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A Minnesota police officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Philando Castile during a July traffic stop in a Saint Paul suburb. 

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Officer Jeronimo Yanez of the St. Anthony Police Department faces a total of three felony charges: one charge of second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday morning. 

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“Based upon our thorough and exhaustive review of the facts of this case, it is my conclusion that the use of deadly force by Officer Yanez was not justified,” Choi told reporters. “No reasonable officer ― knowing, seeing and hearing what Officer Yanez did at the time ― would have used deadly force under these circumstances.”

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“Philando Castile was not resisting or fleeing. He was respectful and compliant. He volunteered, in good faith, that he had a firearm ― beyond what the law requires,” Choi said.

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“His dying words

were in protest

that he wasn’t reaching

for his gun.”

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Thank you for your moral COURAGE/strength,

John Choi, Ramsey County Attorney!

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Choi’s decision

illuminated/served

Minnesota

as a

strong/clear COURAGEOUS beacon

of

telling the truth

based on

objective fact

not  

“preferred  fact/wishes”.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/philando-castile-charges_us_582c8fdfe4b058ce7aa86e4e
http://www.twincities.com/2016/11/16/rosario-john-choi-philando-castile-police-shooting-st-anthony-mn-falcon-heights-st-paul/

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BEAUTIFUL!

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NYC Mayor de Blasio

Tells the TRUTH tTrump:  

MY citizens are fearful!

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“I also raised concerns
about some of the messages and some of the rhetoric
that for so many people have been hurtful,” de Blasio said.
“And I let him know that so many New Yorkers were fearful,
and that more had to be done
to show that this country can heal,
that people are respected.”

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BEAUTIFUL!

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LAPD Police chief Charlie Beck

says his Police Department

will NOT change its stance

on immigration enforcement

despite Donald Trump’s pledge

to deport millions

of undocumented immigrants!

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BEAUTIFUL!

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Presidential candidate

Hillary Clinton,

who WON the POPULAR vote

and

LOST the Presidential Election,

RISES!

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Hillary Clinton delivered her first public remarks
since her concession speech last week,
briefly addressing the election results
during her speech at the Children’s Defense Fund event.
“I will admit,”
she said,
“coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me.
There have been a few times this past week
when all I wanted to do
was just to curl up with a good book
and
our dogs
and
never leave the house again.”

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And then, a few minutes later,
she said this:
“I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election.
I am too, more than I can ever express,
but as I said last week, our campaign was never about one person or even one election.
It was about the country we love
and
about building an America that is hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.”
Clinton added,
“I didn’t get into public service to hold high office.”

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NEVER, EVER, GIVE UP!

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BEAUTIFUL!

 

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18 Nov 2016: VP -Elect Pence attends HAMILTON

The cast delivers a post-performance to Pence:

a message of their DIVERSITY

 stating their FEARS  the Trump administration

“will NOT protect us”.

 

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BEAUTIFUL!

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 COURAGE/COUER

EMERGENT r/evolUtions

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

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AMAZING GRACE/ SYNERGISTIC BLOOMS

Breaking Through/ RISING / Standing UP!!!

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 Hear Clifford Brown’s JOY SPRING!

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CALL/RESPONSE

of  

GOSPEL/ HALLELUJAH 

of

HOPECOURAGELIGHT

RISING

breaking through/over

FEAR!

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Individual Americans’

and 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S

singular + collective conscience 

are

slowly/suddenly

awakening

to the REAL facts/ TRUTHS

and  

the true internal + external

IMPACT/dire consequences 

of

NOT stepping UP

of

NOT telling

+

NOT LIVING the TRUTH!

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FREEDOM FIGHTERS!

1960s

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“Courage is an inner resolution

to go forward despite obstacles…

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Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.

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Courage breeds creativity.

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Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.

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Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?

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Expediency ask the question, is it politic?

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Vanity asks the question, is it popular?
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But conscience ask the question, is it right?

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And there comes a time

when we MUST 

take a position

that is neither safe,

nor politic, nor popular,

but one MUST take it

because

it is RIGHT.”

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A genuine leader

is not a searcher

for consensus

but

a molder of consensus.

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The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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BEAUTIFUL!

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Truth telling is RISING!

Truth RISING/ RISING Truth

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The

COURAGE/COUER

of

telling/LIVING

the

TRUTH

of

y/our 

HOPES/BETTER ANGELS

is

RISING!

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NO WHITEWASHING!!!!

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humanity_whitewash_catherineljohnson_2013_-17nov2016HUMANITY PORTFOLIO: WHITEWASH                                   Catherine L. Johnson 2013    

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EXCITING!

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YES,

this

is

the chrysalis stage,

the awakening,

before

the WINGS are unfurled

and

F/LIGHT

RISES!!!!!

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chrysalis

/ˈkrɪsəlɪs/
noun (pl) chrysalises, chrysalides (krɪˈsælɪˌdiːz)
1.
the obtect pupa of a moth or butterfly

2.
anything in the process of developing

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Word Origin and History for chrysalis
n.
c.1600, from Latin chrysallis, from Greek khrysallis (genitive khrysallidos)
“golden colored pupa of the butterfly,” from khrysos “gold,”
perhaps of Semitic origin (cf. Hebrew and Phoenician harutz “gold”)
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second element meaning something like “sheath.”

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News
Nov 16 2016, 10:16 pm ET

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/post-truth-oxford-dictionaries-word-year-2016-n685081

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‘Post-Truth’

Is

Oxford Dictionaries’

Word of the Year

for

2016!

HA!

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by Alex Johnson

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This is how serious 2016 has been:
A year after it picked an emoji as its Word of the Year for 2015,
Oxford Dictionaries on Wednesday said 2016
was best characterized by a word
that questions the concept of facts themselves:

POST- TRUTH.

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The dictionary publisher defined post-truth as

relating to or denoting circumstances

in which objective facts are less influential

in shaping public opinion than appeals

to emotion and personal belief.”

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It’s essentially a refinement of

truthiness,

Stephen Colbert’s 2005 coinage,
which was the American Dialect Society’s
Word of the Year 11 years ago:

the quality of preferring

concepts or facts

one wishes to be true,

rather than concepts or facts

known to be true.”

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*UNBELIEVABLE

OUR AMERICAN LIFE OF  DENIAL, AVOIDANCE + CONVENIENCE.  
Pathetic, imprisoning fear as a commodity, a contagion, a lifestyle.
Testament of  an active choice to cling to habits than moving forward.
HALLOWEEN 365 scary DAYS A YEAR. BOO!

That is NOT character or LIVING a LIFE.

LIVING LIES IS NOT FREEDOM.

LIVING LIES IS A SLOW SOUL DEATH.

A river cannot stay still or its waters will become foul.
The sun RISES.

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WE  MUST BREATHE!

WE WILL BREATHE!

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The TEMPLATE of  RISING:

IMPROVISATIONAL MUSIC.

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ARTIST/LEADERS

whose

LIFE work

is

TELLING THE TRUTH

are

the

HURRICANE LAMPS.

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ARTISTS

MUST

BE

THE 

FIERCE /PASSIONATE

FREEDOM FIGHTERS

NOW!

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COMMITMENT/2017

BE THE RISING TRUTH /  LIVE REAL TRUTH

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Practice

the

INTEGRITY  

of

COURAGE/COUER

of

telling/LIVING

the

TRUTH

of

WHO/WHY

you/we

ARE

with

LIGHTLOVEGRACE.

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BEAUTIFUL  INTEGRITY

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NO WHITEWASHING

because

of

FEAR!

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RISE!

BEAUTIFUL!

RISE!

BEAUTIFUL!

RISE!

BEAUTIFUL!

RISE!

BEAUTIFUL!

RISE!

BEAUTIFUL!

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EXCITING!

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We/YOU

are

LIGHT/ENERGY

+

GREATER

than y/our

shadows!

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BEAUTIFUL!

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catherine_jaspar_16nov2016_truthtelling_riseFREEDOM FIGHTER SEEKING/DISCOVERING the RISE/TRUTH of LIGHTLOVEGRACE

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SUBLIME BEAUTY OF IMPROVISATIONAL FREEDOM

Billy Higgins + Anthony Cox

 

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BEAUTIFUL!

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GINGKOWINGS_RISERISERISEWEWILLRISE_2014_CATHERINELJOHNSONGingko/ WINGS: WEWILLRISE                                                Catherine L. Johnson 2014

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Gingko/WINGS 2013-2014 series:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/ginkgo-wings-portfolio-2013-2014-ginkgo-wings-riseriseirisewewillriserise-2014-ginkgo-symbol-of-hope-tenacity-profound-endurance-maria-callas-sempre-libera-la-traviata/

 

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Please click on link to explore how my art is an agent/vehicle of social justice.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/my-art-pursues-the-beauty-of-realization-rather-than-perfect-beauty-my-workart-is-a-communication-vehicle-catherine-l-johnson/

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“My art pursues the beauty of realization rather than perfect beauty.”

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“My work/art is a communication vehicle.”

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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Beauty is not caused. It is. Emily Dickinson

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My art pursues the beauty of realization rather than perfect beauty.

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All of my life I have known

 an inviolable place

 of

 inner freedom

 containing:

earth;

 pieces of washed clear blue skies;

 brilliant unfolding blooms;

 wings of flight;

the color and arcs of rainbows;

the hallelujah chorus

of wind, rain and rivers;

the vast panorama of night’s

 black diamond;

and

 the white glistened

 silence of ice.

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This was my chrysalis:

 My life was baptized in hospitals,

 a place where time and space was defined

 as waiting, compassion and hope.

  No flag of creed, race,

religion, gender, or social rank

was raised.

  We were all bound  and laid in horizontal breathing beds.

 I lived in a body cast with a shaven head.

Visitors were allowed once a week

 for two hours

and

touching was forbidden-

 like in an art museum

 with limited hours.

 In utero, I was a broken Ming vase

and then

once born into the world

 re-created with expert hands.

 guided

by listening, following, believing

in the

 Divine

and

  the heartspine vision

of

an

artist/surgeon:

Dr. Mark B. Coventry,

the internationally renown orthopedic surgeon,

of the Mayo Clinic.

He would look at my x-rays,

and

analyze my bones

and

SEE my spirit!

What a blessing, what fortune- an Anam Cara

who believed  and could SEE  and call out

the diamond shining within me

that was deeply buried.

Before he died, my beloved Dr. Coventry asked me

to promise him two things:

” Catherine, promise me two things:

First, ONLY let those who honor and respect you come near

and

Secondly, ALWAYS remain an artist!”

We were collaborators.

I crossed immense seas of fear

and

surrendered my body over,

over and over again

to his expert hands, genius

and

improvisational, creative  brilliance.

I was three when I became his only pediatric patient,

leaving the Shriner’s Hospital where I was institutionalized,

strapped to a bed,

drugged,

watched and listened to children weep and die

 from the moment

my  young parents’ gave me to

Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children

( OMG- talk about setting children in a perceptual prison/label/box!)

at nine months.

The framed picture below was always set on my Mother’s bedside table

until the moment she exhaled her last breath.

My Daddy fought to get me out for a visit.

He was relentless, determined and persevering,

and

he won.

He fought for me, for my heart, for my spirit, for my soul

that needed

to be unfurled

and

taste, smell, touch, see and listen

to the world

for

8

weeks

ONLY.

I left Shriner’s at 18 months and entered the outside world for the first time.

For two months, 8 weeks, 56 days,

I was enveloped in a world of sound, color,

fragrance, physical touch and flavor.

I had to still be strapped to a board,

yet, the field of my experiences was exponential.

My senses were already acute, honed, sharp

and

open,  wide and vulnerable

like an acid drenched copperplate sensitive

to any mark and amplitude and intensity.

 Everything was immense and wondrous.

I had never seen the sky, a bird, the scent and colors of flowers 

They placed my board down by the garden, and I ate handfuls of flowers..

To touch my Mother’s face,

to watch my sister move,

to drop a toy from my bed and have it returned,

to smell my Daddy’s scent.

 to hear laughter

was beyond tears

and

laughter.

I was stunned, astounded and in ecstasy

that bordered/tettered on overwhelming  fear.

My appetite to explore was enormous-

even though I was nailed in one position-

belly up or belly down

and

frozen in a plaster cast that

splayed my legs like a frog

and

was built up above my rib cage

with an opening for elimination.

The kaliedoscope and rush of all was a torrent, a tsunami, a hurricane.

I knew stillness and silence.

My Mother wrote a memoir of my early years in the hospital

( nine months to 10 years old)

two years before she died-

unexpectedly and suddenly.

She wrote:

“Of my children,

Catherine had a sense of  awe, delight,  intense wonder and amazement of all.

She was an artist.”

CATHERINE_6months_Mom_bedside_originalframe_WP

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My life began in the environs and culture of hospitals,

 places where the human theater

 and universal realities of life and death

 are played out moment to moment,

 and

 where time and space is suspended

and

are redefined as

waiting,

compassion

 and

 meditative.

 I have tasted the first inhalation

 – the breath of new life;

 caressed the full sweeping breath of love and joy;

 impaled by the heavy, choking breath of grief;

and

 touched the final exhalation

  the final breath of life.

My art bears the viewer

   to the transcendent moment of an epiphany.

The moment when one’s heart is

 Suddenly

 set open and rapt,

 when all the senses are heralded

and

keen,

and then,

in the theatre of the heart,

       a  frozen curtain

slowly and gradually rises

and, at once,

 all the world is seen in gleaming

 pure light,

 simple and innocent clarity,

 and

 all becomes whole.

  A forever eternal moment

is

imprinted

as an inextinguishable

fire.

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My work is awake to

 the invisible,

the visceral,

the very intimate,

  the shared breath

of

  universal humanity,

 – the very life

of

life.

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My art is a spiritual, a gospel song.

A litany of freedom

of the soul

 and

 the spirit

of/to/for

ALL.

I taught myself how to ride a bike

with one leg,

I learned how to swim,

to canoe, to kayak,

 to cross-country ski.

I was left behind on the family vacations of skiing, etc..

This repeated choice broke my heart and I knew they could not SEE me.

I knew the vase of my body could not

 contain  the splendor of my imagination,

my need to

break open

and

fly.

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After 39 reconstructive surgeries

and a total hip replacement surgery-

where I had to lay at 80%,

I went to the YMCA

and swam my laps

as I had the morning of the surgery!

I had to learn how to walk upright for the first time.

The Fitness Director observed my discipline,

 my scars, my gait and my progress,

my  teaching/communication skills,

and

recruited me to become a

water fitness instructor.

Twelve years ago.

ARTIST

+

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

+

ATHLETE

+

RECIPIENT OF PRESTIGIOUS

INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL

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ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS

+

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

+

PHYSICALLY DIFFERENTLY-ABLED

=

NO BOXES/NO LABELS

AND

AS DUKE ELLINGTON SAID:

“BEYOND CATEGORY”.

PERIOD!

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON ART

THE ART of CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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How can someone help?

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON ART

THE ART of CATHERINE L. JOHNSON