August 12, 2015

In solidarity with all students retuning to school this August I post this image of my artists’ book You Can You Cannot.

 

Learning in school was all or nothing for me. I remember vividly the shame and anxiety of not getting it- different from the less complex and innocent: not knowing, Not getting it for me was mostly in the domain of the left side of the brain: how to multiply and divide fractions, or involved moving through space in an unfamiliar way: how to throw a baseball, how to climb a rope or how to make a 3 dimensional shape with wire.

 

Now I can recognize the blank feeling of not getting it –and try to wait patently for the sense like rusty unused gears meshing unevenly with each other- that lies quietly beneath it. This sensation of ungainly, slightly itchy meshing t...

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