Patti Edmon Altered Attic: The Winds of Change

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Winds of Change

Most everyone reading this is familiar with Seth Apter and the myriad projects he manages, along with creating his own art... does he ever sleep?? He spends so much time and energy on connecting the mixed media community, through his visits to studios, book reviews, and giving us a window into the 'hearts and minds' of so many talented artists.

I wonder though, if you have taken a moment to check out his book, created with Roxanne Evans Stout. I haven't yet 'met' Roxanne, but the collaboration between these two is amazing... seamless. The depth of each piece of art makes me want to reach in and, not touch of course:), but study it again and again.

A phrase written by the artist accompanies the art in The Winds of Change. They share their reflections, sentiments about Autumn, change, evolution, staying on the path... such an inspirational vision of a time, a life stage, a season, that is often fleeting but lingers in the soul.

Earlier in my life, fall was a visually stunning, yet emotionally troubling time for me; not so much for the introduction to an icy cold winter, but a vague sense of loss. It is the time of year when I left my native Upstate New York, relocated to Kentucky. I was a senior in high school and the friends and (boyfriend!) and memories I left behind would fall like tumbling bricks in my heart each year. That is, until I recognized the grief and let it flow into my words, art, photographs.

All of us have such stories, perhaps not equated with a season, but as Roxanne so deftly puts it, "Brittle leaves drift no longer."
If you haven't yet taken a peek, or stocked up on copies for yourself (and others!), I'd highly recommend it - perhaps it will speak to you as well.


Seth said...

Thank you so very much Patti for letting people know about the book. And thank you even more for your generous thoughts about my art and blog.

Erika C. said...

Wow! This is so relevant. I am starting a women's group with doll making, storytelling and other arts and the first group was about fall with the theme of change and possibility that comes with the season. For me fall still has that association with beginning that it used to have when I was in school. I love Seth's site too and intend to answer his questions. Very thought provoking. Did you see those?


rivergardenstudio said...

Wow Patti, thank you for your beautiful words about the Winds of Change. I am so thrilled you loved it, and saw the things that we were trying to say. You, yourself are a poignant writer and artist. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart, roxanne

Gaby Bee said...

I love Seth's site also:-) I always look forward to visiting his blog when he has new things up to share.
Have a wonderful week!
Gaby xo


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