Inspiration & Illumination

Last month, I walked across Luxembourg Gardens to visit a friend. And in this case, the friend is actually a place: the Paris museum of Ossip Zadkine, which is his former atelier and garden. I've been visiting this place for inspiration every few years (for 3 decades--I just surprised myself with the math of that!) The museum includes Zadkine's studio, as an intimate art exhibition space, but equally important, the museum is a small outdoor garden. It's an amazing place to think, neatly in central Paris, but also apart, hidden from the rush of daily life. This visit, I spent a long time with this sculpture by Germaine Richier--it's called La Chauve souris (The Bat), part of a series of woman-creatures she created just after World War II. When asked about the tears in the sculpture's wings, Richier wrote, "that's where the light passes through."  

 

In February 2020, I'll be starting a series of walks in New Orleans. Email me for more info or check out the Improbable Walks site

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