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Conversation—Making Waves

Dear Kim,

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?

(Kim: yes)

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 andassume 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 myself.

But it seems to me that being at sea, in the sense of being lost—as the general common connotation of the phrase suggests—is a good thing to be. I used to get pretty scared when I was writing a new pieceor 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.

Next question:

Why is truth masculine to you? It is because your truth comes out of you and you are male?

(Kim: It was me.)

Why do you think some languages gender it as feminine?

(Kim: Maybe because it is elusive.)

It would make Sarah in my office and well, me, very happy if you would gift us with a female Truth.

But what would that really look like? Besides your just changing the gender in a drawing? And whatmight that really say and sound like? Without being reductivist and erroneously assuming that all women or all men sound and feel and experience alike?

Later,

Joan

Wed, Nov 16, 2005

6:52 a.m.

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