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‘ee-kwuhnim-i-tee’

D / E / F / G / H / I

 

 

Catherine L. Johnson

2020

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NOTE:
The panels are dark blue black with silver iridescence paint
and
the application of the paint are of overlapping layers
creating visual turbulence.
Each panel is marked with a hand drawn orange red pencil line. 
The panels are mounted on archival board.
The internal interstices / interplay of the panels
creates a pause, a silence, a leap, a focal of listening.
The spaces  between and the lines upon are significant.
The orange red line is in flux as the black blue roils.

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All is shifting

and,

yet,

a serene balance

is

ACTUAL

in the

whole.

 

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ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee: D                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee: E                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee: F                                                              Catherine L. Johnson  2020

 

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ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee: G                                                              Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee: H                                                             Catherine L. Johnson  2020

 

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ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee: I                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2020

 

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‘ee-kwuhnim-i-tee’

equanimity

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mental or emotional stability or composure,
especially under tension or strain;

calmness;

equilibrium;

serenity;

self-possesion;

composure;

FREEDOM

 

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individuals / nations

who are

gifted with the pursuit of adventure,

willing,

motivated

to

navigate / ride

the dynamism + turbulence

of

uncertainty, tectonic plate shifts, improvisation,

democracy, intimacy, freedom

know

‘ee-kwuhnim-i-tee’

equanimity

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Antonyms for equanimity are fear and agitation.

Fearful  /agitated individuals / nations

are

locked in / paralyzed:

driven / held captive
by their distrust
and
their need for certainty.

Change is definitely not welcomed

and

self-awareness is defiantly not invited.

 

 

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‘ee-kwuhnim-i-tee’

A / B / C

 

Please click on the link below to view:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/07/22/935-22-july-2020-ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee-a-b-c-2020-catherine-l-johnson-crossings/

 

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My studio: 1998

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Pull UP

your story

of

R/EVOLUTION

+

radical HOPE

+

perseverance

resilience

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CREATIVE genius!

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Vento Nature Sanctuary  6 August 2020

Life is wildernessENERGY

–  a GARDEN is a nurtured /loVINGlovED life – listening / dancing with Nature.

BLOOOMresUrgence

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/874-18-august-2019-18-august-2015-the-only-thing-that-is-constant-is-change-heraclitus-blooomresurgence/

 

Zachary William Robert James Woodridge RUNS alongside my fat tire bike!

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5 August 2020! Zach/me and____________and_________and________and________!!!!

 

What is the caption???

Imagine THREE! HA!

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‘ee-kwuhnim-i-tee’

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Catherine L. Johnson

2020

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Please click on the image to enlarge and for detail.

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NOTE:
The panels are dark blue black with silver iridescence paint
and
the application of the paint are of overlapping layers
creating visual turbulence.
Each panel is marked with a hand drawn orange red pencil line. 
The four panels are mounted on archival board.
The internal interstices / interplay of the four panels
create a cross, a crossing,
and
the spaces between each is significant.

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All is shifting and, yet, a serene balance is found in the whole.

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ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee: A                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee: B                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2020

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ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee: C                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2020

 

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‘ee-kwuhnim-i-tee’

equanimity

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mental or emotional stability or composure,
especially under tension or strain;

calmness;

equilibrium;

serenity;

self-possesion;

composure;

FREEDOM

 

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individuals / nations

who are

gifted with the pursuit of adventure,

willing,

motivated

to

navigate / ride

the dynamism + turbulence

of

uncertainty, tectonic plate shifts, improvisation,

democracy, intimacy, freedom

know

‘ee-kwuhnim-i-tee’

equanimity

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Antonyms for equanimity are fear and agitation.

Fearful  /agitated individuals / nations

are

locked in / paralyzed:

driven / held captive
by their distrust
and
their need for certainty.

Change is definitely not welcomed

and

self-awareness is defiantly not invited.

 

 

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Zachary William Robert James Woodridge    8 months old    22 July 2020

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A story

of

R/EVOLUTION

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radical HOPE

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perseverance

resilience

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CREATIVE genius!

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A reNEWed life:

Round #1: 27 December 2019 Surgery #55
Congenitally dislocated joints.
Post-op: 9 January 2020 Dr. Chris Coetzee
February March  April May 2020
Round #2: 20 May 2020 Surgery #56
Post-op: 4 June 2020 Dr. Chris Coetzee.

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REVOLUTION!!!!!

 

19 July 2020:
NEW shiny feet!
FIRST time
barefoot on grass
as
my kite

SOARED

to

celebrate/commemorate

the civil rights revolutionary / FREEDOM fighter

Rep. John Lewis*!

 

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From: Michele J
Subject: The story and the truth-telling
Date: July 21, 2020 at 4:13:15 PM CDT
To: “CatHERine L. JOhnsOn / art/IS/t” <catherineljohnson@earthlink.net>
Your feet look beautiful! What a miracle from where you started.

And to honor the great John Lewis, standing free in the grass!

How inspirational!

I’m so moved by John Lewis’ passing.
He was a giant, fearless and brave. What an example.
Thank you for sending this.
Michele

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NEXT:
The amaZING
Lisa Richardson / PT + my collaborator
will instruct me
HOW/wow TO WALK!!!!!!

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*Tribute: Representative John Lewis

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/07/18/934-representative-john-lewis-1940-2020-good-trouble-invictus-i-am-the-master-of-my-fate-i-am-the-captain-of-my-soul/

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/34/Cross_Road_Blues_single_cover.jpg

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http://avenefica.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/crossroads.jpg

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FIRE CRESCENT VII 2014 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON CLOSE UP; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;FIRE CRESCENT VII  (CLOSE UP)                                                      CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2014

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“My art is the constancy of change;

the flux; the crossroad;

the becoming;

the moment between the waiting;

the truth of poetry in all disciplines;

the axis between innocence and knowledge;

the anticipation of the sunrise, the rainbow, the caress,

the sound of color and the rhythm of intimacy;

and

the wonder,

the wonder,

the wonder,

the wonder of awe,

the wonder of grace,

and

the wonder of how authentic love unfolds a choreography,

an improvisation,

an unfolding of the majesty and amplitude

of resonating souls:

GOSPEL.

The wonder.

The full spectrum, magnitude  and depth of:

taste and sound and touch and smell and sight

of awe X grace.

Faith.

RAPTURE.

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THE CROSSROADS.”

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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Crosses

symbolize spirituality

and

healing.

They are seen as the meeting place

of divine energies.

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The 4 points of a cross represent

self,

nature,

wisdom,

and

higher power or being.

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Crosses suggest transition,

balance,

faith,

unity,

temperance,

hope,

and

life.

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The

CROSSROAD

symbolizes

a joining of three roads;

the balance of opposites;

a place where pivotal options stand before a person,

a point when a vital decision/choice must be made

-the practice and belief of free will in relation to fate;

the meeting of time and space;

and

a nexus.

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The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost

1874-1963

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

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Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

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And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

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I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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MOON#1_CLIP1; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;MOON Aerial: MINES I (CLOSE UP)                                                CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2012    

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OEDIPUS THE KING

William Shakespeare

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A crossroads is a place where a choice has to be made,

so crossroads usually symbolize moments where decisions

will have important consequences

but where different choices are still possible.

In Oedipus the King, the crossroads is part of the distant past,

dimly remembered,
and

Oedipus was not aware at the time that he was making a fateful decision.

In this play, the crossroads symbolizes fate

and

the awesome power of prophecy

rather than freedom and choice.

http://www.sparknotes.com/drama/oedipus/themes.html

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MOON#1_CLIP2;CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;MOON Aerial: MINES I (CLOSE UP)                                           CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2012

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CROSSROADS:
meeting point of opposites

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In most cultures it is a significant place of meeting

with transcendent powers (gods, spirits, the dead).

It is often close to the symbolic content of the door,

since the crossroads can also symbolize

the necessary transition to the new

(from one phase of life to another; from life to death).

To win the favor of the gods or spirits, obelisks, altars, or stones were erected,

or inscriptions were placed at crossroads.

Practically everywhere in Europe crossroads were also regarded

as the meeting place of witches and evil demons.

For this reason,

Christians have erected at crossroads crosses, chapels,

and statues of the Madonna and the saints.

Among many African tribes the symbolism of the crossroads

plays a significant role in ritual acts.

In Greek mythology Oedipus slays his father at a crossroads.

The Greeks made sacrifices to a goddess

of the (three-way) fork in the road

who was often represented in triple form:

Hecate, goddess of ghosts and magic,

who was also closely associated with the realm of the dead.

The statue of Hermes, the psychopomp (spirit guide)

stood guard at crossroads and forks in the road.

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(Above is an excerpt from the entry for

Crossroads in “The Herder Symbol Dictionary.”
Translated by Boris Matthews.

Chiron Publications, Wilmette, Illinois.)

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The issue of the deeper symbolism of the X,

speaking of the crossroad,

is the larger metaphor:

it is the intersection,

the center of the universe

of communing and community

 -the nexus.

The idea of plane and place has magical import:

X marks the netherworld where spirits can come,

pass through,

and

exit the world that we know,

and,

perhaps.

draw us into another.

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The crossroads might be emblematic

of the spiritual confusion,

or the place of decision making:

it is here that YOU must  make the call

to which direction you might hold in your heart.

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The X is the four points of the cardinal direction,

it’s the place where all points of the sphere of being

can reach back to the centerpoint of the locus,

the locality,

the nexus of where you are and who you are.

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It is the spheric and multidimensional

conformed as one planar nexus:

 the point where things come together,

or come apart.

As the planes touch,

in that instant,

the experiencer is neither

in one world or the other

— twixt and twain,

in between and apart

— the place of liminality.

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In anthropology,

LIMINALITY

(from the Latin word līmen, meaning “a threshold”)

is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation

that occurs in the middle stage of rituals,

when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status

but have not yet begun the transition

to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete.

During a ritual’s liminal stage,

participants “stand at the threshold”

between their previous way of structuring

their identity, time, or community, and a new way,

which the ritual establishes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liminality

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Robert Johnson

1911-1938

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the legendary blues singer/guitarist/soul man

wrote the lyrics to a song

that speaks to the X’d passage of the crossroads:

Robert Johnson’s Cross Roads Blues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2e-roCgcyU

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CROSS ROADS BLUES

(Take #1)

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I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Asked the lord above for mercy, save me if you please.

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I went down to the crossroads, tried to flag a ride.
I went down to the crossroads, tried to flag a ride.
Nobody seemed to know me, everybody passed me by.

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Im going down to rosedale, take my rider by my side.
Im going down to rosedale, take my rider by my side.
You can still barrelhouse, baby, on the riverside.

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You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy willie brown.
You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy willie brown.
And Im standing at the crossroads, believe Im sinking down.

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CROSS ROADS BLUES

(Take #2)

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I went to the crossroad

fell down on my knees

I went to the crossroad

fell down on my knees

Asked the Lord above “Have mercy, now

save poor Bob, if you please

Mmmmm, standin’ at the crossroad

I tried to flag a ride

Standin’ at the crossroad

I tried to flag a ride

Didn’t nobody seem to know me

everybody pass me by

Mmm, the sun goin’ down, boy

dark gon’ catch me here

oooo ooee eeee

boy, dark gon’ catch me here

I haven’t got no lovin’ sweet woman that

love and feel my care

You can run, you can run

tell my friend-boy Willie Brown

You can run, you can run

tell my friend-boy Willie Brown

Lord, that I’m standin’ at the crossroad, babe

I believe I’m sinkin’ down

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DIVINE HORSEMEN

MAYA DEREN

Documentary of vodun in Haiti.

Crossroad as a ritual vehicle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmQHml54shI

MAYA DEREN INTERVIEW:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhE26s90Ux8

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Yellow Night:RISE VII (close up) 2012 CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON:Yellow Night: RISE (CLOSE UP)                                                    CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2012

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FOR VISUAL INFORMATION ON

THE FULL PORTFOLIOS:

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FIRE CRESCENT 2014:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/new-work-fire-crescent-portfolio-i-xvi-2014-catherine-l-johnson-fire-crescent-portfolio-i-xvi-2014-catherine-l-johnson/

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MOON Aerial: MINES 2012:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/moon-aerial-mines-ix-2012-14h-x-11-5w-catherine-l-johnson/

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Yellow Night: RISE 2012:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/yellow-night-rise-i-xi-2012-9-75h-x-7-5w-catherine-l-johnson-2/

 

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