i've been in arizona for a little over a week now. i am staying at my friends cassie & nathan's house. cassie has an online jewelry business which i will be working for through the holidays. so far, much of my time has been filled with having a job again and spending time with my old friends.
here is a visual update of what this last week has looked like :
it's been so great to spend time with cassie, she such an old friend. both of us are from indiana but we traveled europe together in our early twenties and lived in france. we have not lived in the same state in nearly 8 years, our lives have been so different in that time and yet we have remained so close in spirit. it will be nice to be here and spend an extended period of time with her and her wonderful husband. i am also grateful and happy to have a job again, i have about exhausted my bank account and now can rejuvenate my resources. i am parked in cassie & nathan's backyard, they are gracious hosts.
while i was at the petrified forest, i realized that my radiator leak was serious. and when i arrived last week, i knew it was a priority to fix. nathan's friend, tom who is a mechanic, took a quick look and confirmed that it was the water pump. i called several mechanics and got some outrageous quotes but finally found a reasonable price. she's now fixed. i'm figuring that she's doing pretty good considering she sat for a long time before i had her and part of our relationship, i put no money into mechanical work before we left and now i've invested about a thousand into her, and we driven about 2500 miles, and i haven't paid rent to a landlord in two months. so, i'm not worried about her health yet.
here is the honey in the backyard :
this living style is strange back in the 'real world'. in the forest it's easy to live in the honey, peaceful, freeing. the road is exciting and scary and hopeful. while i am happy to be living in the honey parked in my friends' backyard, there is a big adjustment from the wildness of the world i have experienced outside this fence the honey now sits inside. there is a sort of quirky role you have to assume when you are a domesticated wild thing, though i'm figuring out how to main authenticity.
because of processing these things, spending lovely friend time, and working, i have not been active in the studio, though i am always active in my brain (and really should get back into the practice of using the sketchbook as a visual representation and notation for these brain activities). this input/output flux of making work is something i think a lot about. i am missing teaching, though i am happy for this 'sabbatical' i have created for myself to experience that wildness / the unknown, to learn about about myself, to devote real time to developing to my practice... all of which will make me a more effective teacher. i have been thinking about how teaching can (and does) continue in my life. because of complicated beliefs and feelings i have about the education system (though i am a huge supported of learning), i doubt that i will be looking for tenure track jobs, but i have loved adjunct work despite the pittance of a paycheck, but besides, i don't think one should teach for such monetary reasons. i am sure i will find myself back in the classroom, what that classroom will look like is what i am unsure of.
after this pause with working a job, i will retreat to the mesa in taos at my friend's off grid home for a few months to make work. until then i will be sending you updates of sketchbooks and mail art (let me know if i have reached out already or if you want some love letters). i also hope to make some needed adjustments to honey, mainly installing my composting toilet, fixing the stove situation, building some shelves, and fixing the battery box (however these are things that can get accomplished in taos as well).