Yeah, I am a real 'stress bag'. I remember in my early 20's, a clairvoyant said to me 'why do you get stressed?' Derrrrrhhhh - like asking me 'Why do you breathe?', so over the years I have tried different strategies including meditaion, massage, pills, self help books - you name it..... About 15 years ago I created a special series of mixed media fibre based works. I called them 'Put your Problems in a Box'.....[and send them out to the universe or to sea, etc]. It worked for a while. Here are some of the results.
I now accept the fact that I am a stress bag and see it as part of the passion I have for life, my principles, my art and my friends and family. I still get 'stressed' and all too frequently have to suffer the consequences. I feel that putting my problems in a box no longer works for me - the issues are still out there in the ether, so I have a new strategy.
A few days ago I wrote some of my issues on some eucalyptus leaves then added them to my rapidly decaying 'Gumleaf Garland' which was part of the 'Sculpture on the Edge' exhibition last June. It has been hanging over the rail on my deck for 9 months, through all that rain, and has become home to all manner of strange creatures. I love the way it is breaking down - the creatures [some sort of worm and spider judging by the soil droppings and the web structures] are doing a wonderful job. It never ceases to amaze me how Mother Nature takes care of all things. I am allowing her to take my problems and decompose them back to the essential elements to be used as energy in another form, another time, and another place.
Gumleaf Garland in the garden exhibition.
Gumleaf garland today
...and with my 'problem' leaves added.
I think the idea of the Buddhist prayer flags has morphed into my wabisabi consciousness.