Psychic, paintings, and Buddhist teachings

Spinning, West Coast Swing Dancers; 36x48" oil/canvas. Jodee Clifford. 2018

That feeling when a random youtube video about psychic abilities connects a Buddhist teaching to your current series of work

Mid-video over coffee, I thought about sharing the video. Russell Targ has some fascinating stories but how relevant it is to my art? Plus it’s long. How closely should I keep blog posts focused?

I did make that Intuition is my Superpower shirt, which ties closely to that, but the shirts are commercial, and only distantly related to what I’m doing.

Then I got to 31:30.

“You have to give up your desire to name things and grasp onto them and guess what they are because in the universe, it’s really empty of names”
-Padmasambhava

I felt a moment of connection!

THAT, in a group of words, is the core idea behind the dance paintings I’ve been working on for the past two years articulated!
(ironically with words)
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Poetically vanishing art dance shirts

Make Art With Dance silk screen

Make Art With Dance tankIn June, I did an art project in Atlantic City and asked a number of people for help.

The idea was to visually capture an element of connection through lead and follow social dancing in paint to create a residual piece of art because dance is so temporary, like an installation. Dance is an installation that only exists in a moment, and the only way to experience it a subsequent time is through memory or another form of art. Continue reading “Poetically vanishing art dance shirts”

Feb 15 vibes

Searching for a certain pop song this morning, Pandora returned this song I’d never heard. It’s not even close to what I was looking for but I’m a fan of long shots, rolling dice, and enjoying the ride.