Lee Welch

Prophet Prays, Peak Please Raise or Profit Preys, Pique Pleas Raze,window and emulsion paint 2016 

Pause Past Presence , window and emulsion paint, 2016

Getting to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over.

It is not seductive. This is one of the unsettling things. You don’t feel like you’re entering into any of the standard unspoken and/or unconscious contracts you normally enter into. This is unsettling because in the absence of such an unconscious contract we lose some of the psychic protections we normally (and necessarily) bring. That is, if we know on some level what it wants from us, we can erect certain internal defenses that let us choose how much of ourselves we give away to it. The absence of point or recognisable agenda, though, strips these subliminal defenses.

Looking without focusing or looking into darkness. I was just thinking about eyepatches and pirates.The pirates use of the eyepatch wasn’t always due to the loss of an eye. There is one theory that the eyepatch was worn over one eye so the pirate could move between the darkness of below-deck to the brightness of topside without waiting for the eyes to adjust. Taking what one might perceive as a handicap and using it in their favour.

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.  ― Socrates

It was a most extraordinary thing. I will not provide an extensive report of the three and a half hours I spent fixated on the stage. There was an outline, but no script. I do not suffer from stage fright, but since I have always been told I am too much or too little, I have opted for the wings over any sort of spotlight.

But I digress.

It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. (exiting pursued by a bear)

 

Lee Welch