Friday, March 11, 2011

Red Sea Scroll

In yesterday's mail...




A Red Sea of Unspeakable Pain, unfurled...




A violently beautiful scroll containing the story of a little boy lost and a father's fury.

video

12 comments:

TERI REES WANG said...

Can we now, together..collectively feel that pain, acknowledge that pain, and now bless that pain away...
again, and again, and again..?

I feel waves of nausea, cramps, and chills. I now bless those away...

martha miller said...

Teri: Yes, yes, yes. and yes.

Susan Beauchemin said...

Sadness made a trip to your door, blessings to the mother and father.

i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit said...

i'm so happy it made it in one piece!

i would totally send you 'epineph' if
i thought you wanted it, the school
sent it home with me for spring break
and now it's just sitting folded up
in the garage.

teri: i don't think the pain ever
goes away, but i think it would be
kind of creepy if it did. it becomes
more bearable, but is always there
to remind you life is not a picture
perfect reality. it is something we
endure.

martha miller said...

yes, sue. so sad.

martha miller said...

marc, i'm really honored that you sent this piece to me. thankyou. you are right about the pain - it never does completely disappear, but there are things that ease it. like making art. twyla tharp said, "art is the only way to run away without leaving home."

i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit said...

art and video games.. ;-)

martha miller said...

by "home," i believe she meant remaining conscious - so NIX on the video games! :^P

i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit said...

isn't consciousness just an escape from oblivion?

i think video games no less than reading or art or drug use or any other way to peel yourself out from one reality and transplant yourself into another all preserve the consciousness in the process.

they just make it do strange, new, interesting things.

such is life. ;-)

martha miller said...

I believe the opposite to be true, that oblivion is an escape from consciousness. We are oblivious when we do something addictively (and yes, any process or thing can be addictive - reading, watching TV, work, sex, relationships, gambling, debting, shopping, video games, Facebook, internet, etc) that is to say if we do it compulsively and unconsciously to escape our painful reality. I believe Jung's theory that we are all part of a greater consciousness, and we have access to this while alive on earth, and return to it after we leave our bodies. Artists connect readily with this pool while engaged in creative pursuits...
My 2 cents...

Dean Grey said...

Wow!

Powerful. Moving. Unique. And gorgeously RED!

I love it!!

How lucky of you to receive a piece filled with such emotion, Martha!

-Dean

martha miller said...

Dean!

I know, right?