|The Mystery Stone project will launch at the end of June. Hundreds of little painted stones will be released into the world.|
It’s time to write about the mystery stones. It all began when I woke up one day and decided I needed to paint a thousand stones and get them out into the world. This made sense to me, as the natural evolution of "Brilliant Stranger." Brilliant Stranger is a name that came to me in a dream, was once a curious traveling character in my sketchbooks, then for seven years a busy retail shop, and now... a mystery.
This character led me through what would best be described as a computer lab, with many people working at their screens. Suddenly the screens went blank. Everyone reacted differently, some pounded on their keyboards, some shook the screens, some sat back and stared. A few screens began to come back into focus, but not all. My “guide” told me this: “Those who know why they are doing what they doing will control the technology.” Then I woke up. What I took from that dream was the realization that mastering the tools may be a doorway, but mastering the art of self knowledge is the key.
So now I am using new technology and a raw material as old as they come to create the Mystery Stone project. My "why" is this: to share what to me is the most magical thing about being an artist - The MYSTERY. In the process of making art, things "become" what to me feels like what they are meant to become. We (artists) facilitate, we nuture, we work very hard and we may apply a great deal of effort. The way I see it, we don't determine the outcome, but we can control the technology that leads to an art experience. And then it goes out into the world, and like our children, has a life of it's own. It flows through us and we flow through it, and everyone who engages with it has their own experience. Those experiences are what I understand to be the path to self knowledge, an acceptance of what IS, rather than a need to keep or control what we WANT TO BE. So this project is my way of sharing that experience with hundreds, perhaps thousands of strangers and friends, friends and strangers. We can all watch the Stones "become" as the project unfolds over time.
|"We should never turn away from what nature has to show us. " Jana Levin|
|"There is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom|
of each person who has known and loved it." Albert Camus
Please join us on Brilliant Stranger on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/brilliantstranger and/or Mystery Stones on Instagram http://instagram.com/mysterystones to take part in the project. If you find a stone you are invited to share a photo, thoughts or feelings on Facebook, instagram or via email. Instructions/Guidelines are posted on www.brilliantstranger.com