09 May 2014

Teaching What I Know

In September 2013, I returned to the states because I was hired to teach Graphic Design courses in the Department of Fine & Performing Arts at Dickinson State University. It is an exciting new direction for me.
This week is the final week of Spring Semester 2014. It is also the our department’s art show. It was very exciting to be part of DSU’s Visual Arts Faculty Show. I designed the postcard announcement for the show.
Visual Art Faculty Art Show Postcard Announcement
I presented two of my images from Dark Night of the Soul Series
Darla Hueske with photographic series in DSU Art Gallery.

02 February 2014

The Art Collection at Mayo Clinic in Rochester

The Fibonacci curl welcomes visitors to the Mayo Clinic Center for the Spirit
Over this past year, I've been one of the caregivers for my sister, who was diagnosed with three tumours on her brain, apparently an extension of her lymphoma that was discovered at the end of 2012. During this time, I have seen the interior of one too many clinics and hospitals, but I must say that I was inspired by the beauty of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Four Houses, an large oil display adorns one of the main
waiting areas in the Gonda Building. Artist Jennifer Bartlett

The architecture and art collection of this medical institution is truly a guiding light for anyone who passes through the doors. Since its inception, Mayo has used art, architecture and beauty in surroundings to address the "spiritual aspects" of medical care.

The complex and colorful coordination of the 1,375 individual pieces dazzles as a floating sculpture across the ceiling of the Nurses' atrium.

You don't have to be an art lover or know anything about art to feel the sense of healing that is created by the environment.
I could gush on and on about the Chihuly glass sculptures, the Joan Miro lithos and the Andy Warhol screen prints...but I'd rather show you.
13 Blown glass chandeliers with metal frames, Artist Dale ChihulyThe complex and colorful coordination of the 1,375 individual pieces dazzles as a floating sculpture across the ceiling of the Nurses' atrium.
Though much of my time was spent taking my sister to and from doctor appointments, she was happy enough to allow me to stop and snap a photo of all the gorgeous art pieces that we passed.
Endangered Species, series of 10 screen prints by Andy Warhol

And the art doesn't stop at the Clinic, you can find other gems across the street at the Rochester Methodist Hospital.
Detailed hand-carved inlaid chests, Abalone and mother-of-pearl,
Gift of King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan

I wish that I had more time to scour the clinic for other art pieces, but I did manage to select 52 shots from my Galaxy SII of this beautiful art collection here:
art at mayo clinic in rochester minnesota, darla hueske
Among other artworks, Mayo owns two series of Warhol prints, a statue by Auguste Rodin, a mobile by Alexander Calder, several lithos by Joan Miro, and several massive light-filled sculptures by glass artist Dale Chihuly. 

28 November 2013

Let Us Be Grateful and Thankful Towards All.

Be grateful and thankful.
When an opportunity arises to repay kindness to anyone who has helped you, is the eternal practice.

24 August 2013

10 Things That Occupy My Time During the Cairo Curfew

There are millions of people in Egypt that are not in the streets fighting and destroying this country. Since 14 August 2013 and Egypt's most horrifying violent day since the 2011 revolution, the military declared curfew for the major cities in Egypt. The curfew is from 6 am to 7 pm. Today, the government declared an extra few hours for us in the evening until 9 pm. I realized that I have been unintentionally documenting activities that occupy my friends and my time during this last week.

It's been 11 days since the Egypt military declared curfew on the major cities in the country. Today we were told that the government would allow us a few more hours on the street. Our evening curfew now starts at 9 p.m. rather than 7 p.m. The exception is on Fridays, the first day of the weekend in Egypt and when protests typically start up after Friday prayer.

Over the last 11 days, I realized that I've been unintentionally documenting the time spent during the days of intense fighting, as well evenings when cooped up at home. The first five days, we were in Alexandria with friends. On Sunday, we drove back home to Cairo to even more quiet, barbed wire, and tanks.

Inspired by the article 10 Things To Do During the Curfew from Egyptian Streets

Here are the top 10 Things Repeated by Me and My Friends' During the Alexandria and Cairo Curfew 

#1 Cook. Eat. Repeat. This was breakfast on Thursday.
#1 (continued) Cook. Eat.
Mulukhiyah, mloukhiya, molokhia, molohiya,
mulukhiyya, malukhiyah, or moroheiya. However you spell it, it is comforting.

#2 Order delivery before 5 PM. (Actually, we don't eat McDonalds.
 I just happened to walk by the McDonalds delivery bikes during the day.)

#2 (continued) Otlob.com : Order delivery before everyone closes for the evening.
#3 Drink copious amounts of coffee, when not drinking tea.
#3 (continued) Drink copious amounts of tea, when not drinking coffee.

#4 Coffee tasseography! Learn Turkish coffee reading from my Auntie.

#5 When chants and gun shots come near, watch from window and
glue to Twitter and Facebook feeds.

#6 Sleep

#7 Meditate or Pray or do Yoga whenever possible.

#8 Tune into State Channels for depressing doses of depression.

#8 When conflicts intensifies, watch military helicopters circle.

#9 Be grateful that our friends had a flat with a view that
we could all stand on the balcony and look longingly into the quiet city,
 wishing to be walking along the cornish soon.

#10 During the day, do errands, work, or get out of flat. Count the tanks along the way.

#10 (continued) During the day, do errands, work, or get out of the flat and enjoy empty traffic.

18 August 2013

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Sounds of Silence in Cairo

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.
It is late Sunday night in central Cairo. From my spot, the streets are eerily quiet but the energy is vibrating at a high buzz. We’re under curfew these days. Imposed four days ago on Wednesday, a 6 am to 7 pm curfew and state of emergency was declared after the army and pro-Morsi supporters decided to take the option of no-win ­­ no-win negotiation.

The last few days, between violent clashes, we move about the city squeezing in errands or work, hoping that we don’t drive into danger and avoid army repercussions by returning to our neighborhood before 7 pm curfew. Back in our neighborhood, we push the limits of the early evening curfew. One more cup of tea my friend, it’s only a few minutes past 11.

I am grateful to everyone that has contacted me over this last week. I realize that I haven’t posted in many days.  My husband and I took a long weekend trip to Alexandria to enjoy the sea and it turned into a week-long stay.
     We were going to return to Cairo on Wednesday, but ended up staying put at a friend’s flat. Roads into Cairo were closed and we really didn't want to get trapped in any of the violence that took place that day. In Alexandria, we were very close to the fighting. I found myself becoming unnerved a few times as we were mere blocks away from the gunfire, angry chants, helicopter surveys, and violent struggles.

Today, we drove the 250-kilometre drive from central Alexandria to return home to downtown Cairo. Talk about going from one hot spot to another! We planned the drive to arrive into Cairo before the rumored protests were scheduled to start this afternoon. Tanks and soldiers occupy our neighborhood again.

Now that I am reunited with a computer, I feel like I should write something more about what is happening here in Egypt.
    But really, I am burned out. It is difficult to be anywhere in this country without talk about the political situation. The last few days, other than interrupting conversations to discuss what is for dinner, all words are about politics. I've learned more than my share of Egyptian military and political history.
   Since 30 June, politics in Egypt has gone conspicuously awry. Protests. Sit-ins. Against. For. Attack. Defend. Tamarod. Muslim Brotherhood. Rebel. Ikwani. Military. Islamic. Sisi. Morsi. … Nassar. Sadat.
  Now, Wednesday 14 August happened and it all changed again. The psychological warfare turned to street warfare. We look into an abyss.

I have many more words to write and yet I have nothing more to write.
Keep peace in your thoughts, in your words, and in your mind. It is the best defense against darkness.

Because he is a favorite poet of mine, I leave you with the first verse of Anthem by Canadian poet and singer, Leonard Cohen.

The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don't dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be.

Ah the wars they will
Be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
Bought and sold
And bought again
The dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.