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23 June 2007 @ 09:15 am
John Yoyogi Fortes  
In the Summer edition of Turning Wheel (Journal of Socially Engaged Buddhism), a small drawing by artist John Yoyogi Fortes accompanies one of the articles ("Grandmother MInd" by Susan Moon). I cannot say what causes me to connect so immediately and profoundly with the work of some visual artists -- whatever it is is entirely out of the range of language in the mists of my cognitive landscape -- but Fortes' little drawing had that sort of ineffable effect on me, so I went to visit his webpage. Wow. The funny thing is that none of the art on his website really looks like the drawing I saw in TW and I Iove it just the same. Matters of taste in visual art are so particular but I wanted to share this anyway. To my eyes, his work seems dark and complicated and gentle.
Current Location: in the kitchen
Current Mood: inspired
(Anonymous) on August 20th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
Turning Wheel
Hi Paula,
I just wanted to thank you for your comment about my work. Yes, the illustration was done specifically for Susan's article as I also freelance doing illustration, but the work on my website reflects what I do as a painter which like you said, may appear dark.

At one time I was more involved with friends who were practicing Buddhists so some of my works make Buddhist reference from dharma talks and lectures about nuns and monks who were tortured. One in particular is a very large painting called Nectar. For me, the painting is about the struggle of the Tibetan people and the cruel acts by the Chinese government.

Right now I feel like my work is in transition. I am moving away from works that are based more on social political content to work that is more about the act and process of painting and the discovery along the way. I think life is like that and even in this transition I struggle to make sense of it all. :-)
Best wishes,