Tuesday, November 20, 2007


For today, from Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker's Creek:

"Hasidism has a tradition that one of man's purposes is to assist God in the work of redemption by 'hallowing' the things of creation. By a tremendous heave of his spirit, the devout man frees the divine sparks trapped in the mute things of time; he uplifts the forms and moments of creation, bearing them aloft into the rare air and hallowing fire in which all clays must shatter and burst."

That describes the artist's job to me.

And when the work is going well, "My mind branches and shoots like a tree."

Happy Thanksgiving.


gabrielle said...

Hi Linda....really enjoyed your work and your blog. The tree piece is stunning. Also, appreciate your words regarding how an artist makes meaning. Keep up the collage work...inspiring. I am contemplating an altered book so your work got my wheels turning.

Linda Branch Dunn said...

What is the fascination of altered books? I find them riveting, even in miniature, reduced to photographs. Something about transformation, accumulation, selection, and meaning that is not explicit, but is imbedded in images, and revealed as you turn the page.

Linda Branch Dunn said...

of course, Gabrielle, you do recognize the tree piece, yes? it started with the sketches I brought to your class in Watertown. Its siblings are still in progress. No large piece from it yet, but still one or more in my mind.