Life is woven. Threads spoken, felt, heard and remembered. The fabric is strong but temperamental. The inter-connections are as random as they are intentional. I have always thought about time and space as the most incredible invention, like the universe decided everything had to touch to be real. I am an atheist but if there was a mastermind who dreamt this shit up, we don't even have the language to begin to understand that kind of greatness.
I want to spend more time looking at people's stories. Their multiple stories. The woven quilt of life. Where is this sentimentality coming from? My Scottish roots, obviously. Also, I just had a guy comment on my post about Nock. I posted the comment, but I loved it so much I want to quote it here so you don't miss it:
I was at a bar with my lady when a gent offered us his seat. We sat with him and spoke of life, travel and graffiti and then realised we grew up painting and creating right next to each other on neighbouring farms in WA. I remember driving past his farm on the way to school and admiring his artwork adorning any possible wall or surface. This fine gentleman was Nock. What a champion! Love this post FF. Thanks for sharing...
Time and space.
I have a story I would like to share with you, since I am talking about vignettes and the fabric of life. I collect rocks and minerals. Love them. I was at a wee place in Tasmania called Stanley in 2011. I found a shop that was obviously owned by an enthusiast, so I went in. A woman stood stiffly behind the counter. I asked for a closer look at a relatively huge chunk of Crocoite. It's not an overly abundant mineral. It is fire engine red and the crystals look chaotic. It is stunning. Anyway assuming the woman to be the shop owner, I asked her if it was local. She attempted an answer, desperately fumbling with the tag, but choked. Her eyes welled with tears. She gave up and looked at me and said "I don't know, my daughter is the one who knows about this stuff, she died last week. This is her store and I just don't know what to do". I hugged her, we both cried, and I left with half a dozen more minerals than I meant to. But I will never forget that woman, standing in her daughter's store, shocked and scared shitless.
Anyway bringing this back to street art, I guess that being my focus and your interest. Those of you not friends with Ben Naz on facebook, he is this awesome street artist, going through a massive fight with oesophageal cancer. Because he is so engaging, talented and awesome he has a massive following and street artists from around the world send him their art and well wishes. He has roots in the East (Philippines) and is living in the UK (born in France), so he straddles the East and West. As some of you will know, my recent journeys have peaked my interest in street art in Eastern Cultures. I can't help thinking artists who straddle that divide have so much more to say. Anyway think of this post as something of an Arc. I hope to bring you much more of his story. He has agreed to an interview, so more to come. Like Nock, I hazard a guess there are a thousand people out there with a story to tell about this guy they met...I can't wait to be one of them.