St. Louis, Missouri
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
I love your new drawing: Making waves. Is that us: you and me, Kim and
Joan sitting at sea, stirring up the waters? Or is it any two people
who attempt communication?
Or is it gendered for a reason,
ie a specifically male perspective and a female one?
(Kim: it is
about conversations between a man and a woman.)
I love the fact that we—see,
I will be narcissistic for a moment and assume it is us—are at
sea. The water is one of my favorite places to be and when I cannot
be in the ocean, or the pool at the downtown Y, I settle for my bathtub.
Why do I like the water so much? It is a foreign body. A completely
different environment. It both takes me away from and returns me to
But it seems to me that being at sea, in the sense of being lost—as
the common connotation of the phrase suggests—is a good thing
to be. I used to get pretty scared when I was writing a new piece or
constructing a new project and didn't know where it was going. When
I was "at sea."
Now I still get scared. Excited scared. But I also know I have to swim
out, to float, to dog paddle through waves, or do an elegant breast
stroke to find where I am going. Now I know that being at sea is necessary
before finding land, especially finding the land of the new.
Why is truth masculine to you? It is because your truth comes out of
you and you are male? Why
do you think some languages gender it as feminine?
because it is so elusive.)