1.0 – 1.1 Input: Accumulate Inspiration

Trapper Keeper

1.1 Trapper Keeper
Coming back to school after eleven years in the professional field was daunting and uncomfortable. School brings back so many memories and anxieties for me. I’ve always had these nightmares that I was in school and didn’t know what my schedule was or where my next class was to be held. In order to calm my anxiety about being off schedule or lost, I embraced my Type A personality and pulled out my old Mead 3-ring binder with a full zipper closure Trapper Keeper, to keep myself organized through graduate school. Although this may be nerdy, it is an indexical, archival and accumulation system. Individual tabs identifying each class divide my current semester notes and sketches.

How should we take account of, question, describe what happens everyday and recurs everyday: the banal, the quotidian, the obvious, the common, the ordinary, the infraordinary, the background noise, and the habitual? — Georges Perec

Once the semester is complete, all the contents move into a larger archival binder to be accessed from my desk at a moment’s notice. I treat these binders with the same consideration I would treat an inspirational object, photo or memory. Apart from their archival system, I love to look at the material qualities of the notebooks: the irregular hand writing, the highlighter markings, the intimate codes that meant something to me at the time I wrote them. They represent the unpretentious struggle I have with the written word and the simple gestures of an idea that inspires me—probably while riding the train. These binders also hold the notes and references that link my formal inspiration and making, to conceptual, historical, or personal content.

Bread & Puppet

Last weekend I visited the Bread & Puppet Museum in Glover, VT. It is such a beautiful and inspirational experience. I have not been there in years. I was introduced to Bread and Puppet in college by a good friend Brynna Tucker. She is a fantastic artist living in Brooklyn NY. Check her out on twitter @stlvlinitiative. Bread & Puppet is one of the oldest non-profit, self-supporting theatrical companies in the U.S. I went to The Pageant of Bread and Puppet in 1998. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Although B&P is not having the annual pageant it’s good to see they are still lively as ever and performing all over. If you get a chance check them out. Here are some pics from the museum. Enjoy!

New Paintings

I recently finished a painting class with Newton Community Ed. I’ve taken this class a few times before over the years. Zhanna Cantor is the professor and the number 1 reason I’ll drive out to Newton to take the class. She is a great teacher and a true inspiration. Here are a few of the paintings. Enjoy!


Inspiration, move me brightly. light the song with sense and color; Hold away despair, more than this I will not ask. Faced with mysteries dark and vast, statements just seem vain at last. Some rise, some fall, some climb, to get to terrapin.

This past weekend I was up visiting Vermont again… I can’t get the song Terrapin station out of my head. It may seem cliché to some to sit by a campfire and listen to the Grateful Dead but it was my inspiration this week. Enjoy some images from one of my favorite places on earth.