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Living ?s for Dorothee Lang

In Interviews > ?s For Others on 03/07/2010 at 18:13

Dorothee Lang is wonder woman — a whirling dervish of many worlds …

From her base camp in Germany, she swims through cyberspace under various banners including:

author, collaborator, experimental artist, photographer; BluePrintReview founding editor; international-group-writing-project coordinator; Second Tongue writing community co-founder; and, storySouth Award preliminary judge. On top of it all, she maintains her own website and blog.

While navigating cyberspace, she keeps her feet on the ground as CEO of BluePrintPress, author of the travel novel Masala Moments, and in transit — her hot-off-the-press short story collection. There are the cultures and roadways she explores away from home—in her travels of yesteryear, and on recent jaunts to Lanzarote, LondonSouth France

She also digs dirt in her garden, and grows flowers in spring, summer, fall…

Karyn Eisler:

How do you do it all? Read the rest of this entry »

Random ? for a Bus Driver

In Interviews > ?s For Others on 03/02/2010 at 05:05

Me:

“What was it like for you during the Olympics?”

Driver:

“It was good. I liked it. No grumpy people.”

Quick ? for Matthew Budden

In Interviews > ?s For Others on 01/09/2010 at 07:32

When I look at the Baby Head paintings of Vancouver artist Matthew Budden I wonder:

Do babies enter the world as ‘blank slates’ waiting for society to mold them and leave impressions, or do they enter the world as ‘old souls’ with history and experience already behind them?

I posed the question to Mr. Budden.  Here’s what he said:

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Maybe it varies from baby to baby, but the baby I raised certainly seemed like an old soul determined to follow a very particular path right from day one. However, images of babies can be thought of as something like blank slates.

Baby pictures interested me because they were so iconic and open to potential meaning. They could be painted any way the painting wanted to go. The key was to bring a baby head painting to a point where it obviously signified ‘some thing’, without thinking about it too much. Some of the painted babies are beautiful, some benign, and some bear the scars of a lifetime.

Now that the series is done I can look back and think a bit more about the unconscious impulses that may have been at work when I was painting—personal issues about fatherhood or aging, as well as bigger concerns about the wisdom of bringing a child into this world. The more horrific baby heads were almost certainly informed by images of suffering children in Northern Uganda I’d seen a couple of years before starting the series.

It may surprise you to know that when I started the Baby Head paintings I had no intention of making a comment about babies or babydom.

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To view the Baby Head series in its entirety, visit Matthew Budden’s website here.

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Image © Matthew Budden