The Creative by Faith47, 2020, 20 x 22 inches, Pencil on Archival Paper
IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME
IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS
What is your present state of mind? In the last weeks its been fluctuating between fragility and strength. The times have been challenging and im allowing myself to move slowly and un-ambitiously while some shifts take place. Definitely a contemplative time.
Fight the Power or Power the fight? It seems relentless. The onslaught of trouble and challenges. But we must. Always stand.
If not yourself, who would you be? Working on a nature reserve with wild animals. Somewhere on the African continent, That would be me in my other life.
What is time? Elusive.
Do you have faith? Sometimes. Not the religious kind of faith. But a private kind of faith, I try.
Where are you now? I’m hiding out in a small desert town with my son for six weeks. We are currently in Flux, physically without home due to recent disruptions.
Your butterfly effect? Starts with an intuition.
How is culture “infected”? Culture is infected by our ‘distraction culture’ where we fail to spend real attention on important things. Meditating, time reading, thinking, building community.
What art do you have in your living room? A beautiful piece by Logan hicks of NYC china town at night time. Some detailed animal sketches by my dearest friend Dal East, and a painting by Reginald O’Neal which reminds me of the protective connection between father and child, which I lacked in my childhood, this painting comforts me.
Your favorite heroine? Margaret Attwood. Patti Smith. Marina Abramović.
3 books that changed your life? The I Ching, 19Q4 by Murakami, The flood trilogy by Margaret Atwood. The prophet by Kahlil Gribran I read when I was about 14 and it definitely helped form a solid ground for my thinking.
What would you like to toast to? The South African people, who have endured so much.
Your greatest accomplishment? My son Keya Tama, is a gentle, insightful talented and caring soul. Being his mother is by far my greatest achievement.
In which restaurant would you want to eat your last supper and what would you order? A little beach tree shack on the beach in Sri Lanka that we discovered one evening. Sheer magic.
Looking at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? I see years of memories and emotion and insight and I am happy to know this person.
Your ideal view? The Ocean at night time.
You are organizing a dinner party, which 3 people would you invite (dead or alive)? Elon musk, Nicola Tesla and Margaret Atwood.
Which books are on your nightstand? Right now im digging into Junginan books on Psycho analysis. But also Jodowodsky books on Pyschomagic and the Tao the Ching.
Yin or Yang? Both of course. Night and Day. Fluctuation is essence.
Your myths? An old gypsy song my mother used to sing to me, its about a woman who leaves the comforts of the castle and joins the gypsy’s. Rejecting the status quo and finding true joy within a more pagan lifestyle. At least that’s how I understood it from a young age and its always resonated with me.
One film that changed your life? Akira.
Your idea of mysery? The meat industry.
Your idea of mystery? The night sky. My dreams.
Your favorite hero? Noam Chomsky.
The theme song to your life? Ah, that’s hard there are so many. Can I go with Goodbye Horses, it always cheers me up .
Your favorite drink? That basil cocktail I had one time in Shanghai at an incredible Szechuan restaurant .
If you could choose, how would you like to die? At peace like falling into a deep asleep, into infinite new dreams.
Your motto? I return often to: “The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is, there’s no ground.” – Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. And Rudolf Steiner ‘Although the world is filled with suffering, it is however radiating with wisdom.’