Familiarity Breeds

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Roni Horn "You Are the Weather" Roni Horn “You Are the Weather”

Roni Horn "You Are the Weather"

Roni Horn “You Are the Weather”

16th and Taylor, 7:30 pm

16th and Taylor, 7:30 pm

16th and Taylor, 8:45 pm

16th and Taylor, 8:45 pm

Today as I was knitting, I thought about repetition and the many artists who have returned to the same subject or action over and over.  An example is Uta Barth’s breathtaking series of portraits entitled “You Are the Weather” in which she photographed the same adolescent girl 100 times between 1994 and 1996.  Rather than inducing boredom, these portraits awaken a sense of the mystery of a human being.  Similarly, knitting at the bench every day has shown me that every day is singular and unique…I am reminded of the wonder of our family’s annual vacation at the beach, and how each morning’s tide brought in a seemingly inexhaustible offering of new shells, crab carapaces, and sand dollars. Today, for example, two people that I have never seen before talked to me at the bench.  One was a painter who was out photographing the beautiful landscape to use as references for paintings.  She left calling back over her shoulder that she had to “chase the light.”

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