By: Alexandra Lane
dot the map.
They draw their borders in blood.
Build up walls
with broken dreams and
empty promises of peace.
But, these swords cannot
repair the very wounds
They know they
rule from a borrowed throne;
and so, they claim legitimacy
with oppression and fear.
Their necks twisted--
waiting and watching
for the next pretender in line
to take the fool’s gold crown
from their heads.
But in the quiet,
they wonder about the King
history whispers of--
the One who commands heaven and earth
with no army but Himself.
The barefoot ruler who bears nations
upon his shoulders.
Rather than watch their backs--
instead, for Him, they watch the stars.
Copyright 2018. Must the permission of Alex Lane before printing or publishing this poem.
Title of painting: Love Knows, 2018
Acrylic, acrylic gouache, pastel, newspaper, canvas thread + barbed wire on raw cotton canvas
Approximately: 18in x 40in
Inspired by the poem -Kingdom Waits- by Alex Lane
Advent: Week 2
This is the 2nd of 4 works within the Advent collaboration between poet, Alex Lane + me. We were commission by a community in Raleigh, NC, to create companion pieces for them to add to their journey through the season of Advent.
The Creative Process:
Alex weaves together words informed by the Advent story.
I then sit with her words— soak them in + create a piece inspired by her poem, the Advent narratives of the community + my own.
The final painting is at home with the Southeast Raleigh Table for the community to engage upclose; along with this video Alex has created utilizing photographs I took of my creative process for each piece.
It is a privilege to be able to share this piece of art with you.
It is a pleasure to share the 1st of 4 artistic collaboration works for Advent 2018; created by poet, Alex Lane + myself for the SouthEast Raleigh Table in North Carolina.
On Sunday at 3pm for the next 3 weeks, a new video of a poem + my abstract painting response to Alex's poem will debut on my LAR Art Studio Instagram.
The paintings are on unprimed unstretched canvas; raw, flexible + unbound. Each one is an intuitive emotive visual reflection upon the poem by Alex, the narratives of the community for Advent, + my own story.
The next painting, “Creation Waits,” will debut this Sunday.
Week 4 was all about putting in the hours to complete the painting I had been commissioned to paint for The American Church in Paris. Most of my week was received working in the studio alone, exploring the wilderness within, as I hand stitched fragments from 3 paintings I created during my time here.
However, I was intentional about having hours I experienced outside of the studio to connect with people in the community, listen to live music at local cafes + buy fresh flowers. I also got to share a few good meals with new + old friends, dream + imagine. I made my way to the Picasso Museum to engage the work of Pablo Picasso. And, I was even interviewed on the ACP radio show about my work/time in Paris.
I'd love to promise myself that when I get home my days will mirror the rhythms of my days the past couple of weeks, but I'm not sure how the pace + work life balance I've embraced here will get to follow me back to Houston.
What I do know is something happened to me here-- both as an artist + a human.
I have one more week of my artistic sojourn in Europe, and will be making my way to Basel, Switzerland to explore a country I've never been to, see the exhibits of Sam Gilliam + Theaster Gates at Kuntsmuseum Basel, as well as get some rest + reflect before I board a plane at the end of the week bound for home.
I look forward to the photos I will create there, but for now here are some of the highlights from my time in Paris last week.
Week 3 was all about practicing presence, vulnerability + finally feeling a bit less like a "tourist."
I found myself on the metro more + navigating my way around without my Google Maps.
I had early studio mornings, diving fully into the creative process of birthing this new work, so that I could truly be present to evening walks, time around the table, enjoying the gift that is jazz + picnics along the Seine River with friends + so many others.
Paris makes me want to be a better artist in the studio, yes-- but more than that, I'm finding myself longing to create a healthier work/life rhythm when I get back to Houston. In a sense, Paris makes me want to be a better artist of my days as well.
Here are just a few of the moments of encountering beauty I allowed myself to savor this week.
Lanecia A. Rouse Tinsley