Green papaya and collages

Among the much acclaimed art exhibitions in Ha Noi this autumn perhaps the one by Pham Chinh Trung and his wife Luu Thanh Ha. The man displayed his lacquer paintings while the wife showed her cloth collages.
 
I want to refer to Ha in particular because her originality and accomplishment charmed more than one art lover. Her works clearly showed a strong influence of traditional craftsmanship.
 
“Collage” in Europe if my memory is correct, was the logical consequence of cubism. The first pieces that appeared a few years before World War II. and that earned this genre a niche in abstract art were credited to Picasso and Braque.
 
Ha collages, on the other hand were inspired by the care for realism in the figurative art. The artist, now 35, was drawn to art, or rather began to tinker with art as a primary-school student. She was always at the top of the class in her “manual work” assignments, which consisted in making compositions with colour paper.
 
Her formal initiation came with a drawing course at the Young Pioneers Club in Ha Noi. Also by that time, she had become adept at making dofe with odds and ends from her mother’s tailoring shop. One such doll fetched her second prize at national competition for toy-makers.
 
At a later stage, Ha developed a passion for artificial flowers fashioned out of green papaya.
 
Those who have seen L’Odeur de papaye shown at the latest Cannes Festival may know that green papaya makes an excellent salad in Vietnam.
 
But not many foreigners have seen for themselves beautiful artificial flowers caved out of green papaya. I once showed several such flowers to some friends and they said they could not believe their eyes.
 
And what flowers. Their petals of a translucent white, were magnificent and they were arranged so skilfully they could be easily mistaken for real ones.
 
Green papaya flowers adorn the table on the Mid-Autumn Festival on which are displayed mooncakes and fruits.
 
They are carved out of pieces of green papaya which have previously been washed in lime water to get rid of all the sap. A sharp knife, the deft fingers of a woman and a wide range of vegetal oil or chemical dyes will bring into life any flowers you may want, rose, camellia, dahlia, chrysanthemum or orchid.
 
Now back to Ha. After her graduation from the College of Applied Arts, she turned to cloth flowers. She also began composing still lifes, landscapes and even portraits, with pieces of cloth.
 
Her collages, though done with western technique evoke by their colouring the spontaneity and vigour of popular woodprints.
 
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I love the Chesapeake Bay but we shouldn’t write a check for $100,000 to every resident of Tangier so they can build a wall to maybe save their island

I love the Chesapeake Bay but we shouldn’t write a check for $100,000 to every resident of Tangier so they can build a wall to maybe save their island. There are a lot of other places facing the same issue. It is the risk of living at sea level they took. And I don’t want to hear anybody from these coastal towns complain about taxes, health care or government spending while asking for an effing wall to save their island.

There’s an incredibly bleak – and misleading – doomsday article on climate change in New York Magazine today

There’s an incredibly bleak – and misleading – doomsday article on climate change in New York Magazine today. I’m sure it’s going to get shared, and I’m sure I’m going to get asked about it. I have plenty to say about why I dislike it (it exaggerates the science, it over-estimates how much warming we’re on track for, it under-estimates human ability to adapt). But rather than post all of that, I’m going to share this post by Michael Mann, one of the pre-eminent climate scientists on the planet.
tl;dr: Climate change is bad enough. The threat is very real. But doomsday articles like the one today are neither accurate nor helpful.

Hey Lincoln! The Womb Sovereignty Skillshare / Lincoln is happening next month!! Raise your hand if you are interested in attending this incredible…

Hey Lincoln! The Womb Sovereignty Skillshare / Lincoln is happening next month!! Raise your hand if you are interested in attending this incredible opportunity to deepen your knowledge and embodied wisdom with me at the Sage House. <3
I’ll be sharing an interview I did today with Simcha Zipporah, who’s facilitating this event, about her experience in this work, why it’s so crucially important, and how to start rebuilding our communities around information sharing and support.
Lincoln, I love you, and I want to bring you good things. I hope you join us. <3 <3

Gurl

Gurl… THIS IS IT. What are you buying into and what are you selling?? There’s whole industries built on our unhappiness- beauty, fashion, EMPOWERMENT even. I’ve had to take a huge step back and look at my participation in what looks real innocent and well intentioned from the outside but in fact preys on women’s insecurities and external seeking. This is the age of the false guru. 95% of these fuckers are lining their pockets by selling “abundance” and “self worth” without having paid their own dues of service, humility, and the potent fermentation of TIME.
Go out onto the earth… listen to the stars, let the plants be your guru, pay for professional help when you need it, find the humble healers in your town and seek their wisdom. Stop buying the hype of wellness.

Being more “seen” on social media platforms like Anchor and Snapchat are challenging me to be as transparent as possible

Being more “seen” on social media platforms like Anchor and Snapchat are challenging me to be as transparent as possible.
I show up now often ah natural with no make up, in the gym, in the garden, etc. and talk about my experiences with overcoming my toughest challenges like obesity, chronic illness, Epstein Barr, fibro, and depression.
I share my fears and doubts as well as my triumphs and you know what? It feels SO good to LIKE ME without worrying if other people do too.
#doyoubooboo

Been a very chaotic couple of days

Been a very chaotic couple of days.
My schedule has changed around a lot as well my daily priorities. I’m sleeping now more during the day as my work flow at night is improving. I have gone back to enjoying the serenity of working when the world sleeps…
I’m working on 2-3 hour naps mid morning after I get home from teaching class and working out myself. Then, 3-5 hour sleeps at night. It’s worked well for me in the past so I’m willing to give it another go. And as I continue to eat more raw foods, my body requires less sleep which will be super helpful!
It will take some time getting used to but it feels much more aligned now. Of course, this is only day two
I’ve planned out my morning tomorrow so I already know what needs to shift in order to prevent my zombie-ism from this morning repeating itself

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