February was a busy month for me. Flights to New York then Florida both invigorated and dissipated my creative force.
The New York art scene is overwhelmingly vibrant, varied and sophisticated. Many see New York as our cultural capital. You know “if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.” It was awe inspiring visiting the Chelsea Art Scene, Brooklyn Museum, The Folk Art Museum, and the Museum of arts and design. The thought of visiting MOMA, The Guggenheim, or The Met couldn’t even fit into my already crowded thoughts.
Yet, discovering the narrative of artist Janis Sawyer at the Eileen West Gallery in Seaside Florida is what haunts me the most. Sawyer has “a peculiar way of seeing things.” A quadriplegic for 22 years, she rarely leaves her house these days. She creates her art using digital cameras her husband helps set up. I’ve only had a glimpse of her story via the trailer for the documentary “Holding Still.” The serendipitous find of this artist holding still, while I seemed to moving too fast has given me much to ponder.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” Marcel Proust