..of cats & CATastrophes (side note:am definitely looking forward to future episodes)..
..a little reminder that just because we can see so many polished ads for tampons or pads in so many media forms doesn’t necessarily mean that these items have automatically become accessible &/or available to every girl & woman who needs them..
..but an individual or group can still make a significant difference (even if it comes across as a small one) if there is a genuine willingness to question what we take for granted, to experiment with possible changes & to persevere when things seem impossible..
'Obon [Hudson River]' in The Panorama Room of Queens Museum, New York
“Obon” is an ongoing art installation inspired by a traditional Japanese festival honoring the dead. It is an ancient event, in which it is believed that during this 3 day ceremony the spirits of one’s departed family members and ancestors return to the home and are reunited with their loved ones, as lanterns are floated on rivers to guide the spirits back to the netherworld. I hand paint Skeleton Bodhi (Ficus Religiosa) leaves with non-toxic phosphorescent resin. The leaves can be exhibited in a transparent container of water or in an outdoor environment. This phosphorescent pigment ‘charges’ during the day, and in darkness the leaves emit a soft, blue glow. Each fragile leaf appears clear in the light and becomes luminous in the dark.
"The intention of this project is an attempt to communicate the interconnectivity and transitory nature of beauty. My hope is to create a universal environment of serene reflection, wonder and peacefulness in the location. The ‘Obon’ project investigates a continuum; something that endures. I choose phosphorescence because this material absorbs light throughout the day and emits a soft glow at night. On bright days, the glow is stronger, on darker days the glow is quieter. The charging and emitting of light is never ending with this material, recycling and constantly changing. I am very interested in these poetics of an object that transforms throughout our day. I find unique beauty in this transient quality of light.”- Miya Ando
'Obon [Hudson River]' is the artist's fifth iteration of an ongoing public art project.
photo: Logan Hicks
depression comix #170 & 171 [tw: self-harm]
For some reason, Tumblr did not like me posting two long vertical comics and the jpeg quality is terrible on desktop devices (looks nice on my phone, though). Please click on the link to see the comic in a better resolution if you’d like. I’m sorry about the image quality of this one.