labyrinths

Summer seems to touch on a time out of time, when we cease our striving and doing, for a few moments, and simply be. My to-do list is slowly becoming my to-be list. Like the sun in the sky, I too seem to stand still. At midsummer I feel a sort of threshold: looking back, [...]

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The labyrinth with the heart at its center was the site and stage for a deeply personal family saga this year. At the winter solstice, our son married his beloved in the heart of this labyrinth. They joined paths by walking to the center and exchanged vows while poised on the heart. My part in [...]

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A labyrinth is like a year. There is only one path in, and the same path out. That is the path you are on. You can’t get lost. You know the center will always be at the beginning or ending of the path. But even though the path is the same, it is never the [...]

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I love to see connections between different cultures and times across the planet. This Man in the Maze pattern in the American Southwest is identical to the ancient Cretan labyrinth symbol of pre-Hellenic Greece, except its corners are squared instead of rounded, and the figure of the man is included, making the reference to the [...]

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Falling into Fall

by Cari on 09/29/2010

in Earthwise

The Holy Longing Tell a wise person, or else keep silent, because the mass man will mock it right away. I praise what is truly alive, what longs to be burned to death. In the calm water of the love-nights, where you were begotten, where you have begotten, a strange feeling comes over you, when [...]

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A Labyrinth in a Book

by Cari on 10/10/2008

in Book Art

The labyrinth has other symbols within it: the cross, the spiral, the arch. Above is a detail of a page spread from my book Portal. I began work on this book at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico in June of 2007, and finished it by end of summer in my studio in San Jose. [...]

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View of a Labyrinth

by Cari on 10/01/2008

in Earthwise

Here is a view from my backyard deck taken a couple of weeks ago. It’s a different kind of creation with line than my usual calligraphic ones in ink. I made this labyrinth on September 11 for several reasons: in memory of those who died on that date; to ground my anxiety while a dear [...]

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