writing about the emotional component of creativity–whether expressing your own art or experiencing the art of others–can be a difficult task. the experience of creativity impacts you in a way beyond everyday thought and reason. the very poem i posted here recently was about such an experience. i could not write about Madonna’s MDNA concert as if it were a mere review (besides, my friend Brian already wrote more than sufficient coverage if you’re looking for that kind of perspective). like in my ghazal, religious imagery is often the only way i can describe my most profound experiences of art.
i floated there, my face quivering with waves of prayer,
the sound washed over us like only the sound of prayer.
the chosen few. the lucky ones. only the faithful
know what it means to be blessed by the hand of god’s prayer.
our chant rose towards heaven in a chorus of light and
the veil of incesnse opened the world between here and prayer.
I’m pleased to announce a new solo art show of my photography from the Jordan’s Journey project. It opens Tuesday, 5 June 2012, in Summerville, Georgia at the Summerville Library. I will be presenting a lecture that night at 6pm as part of the show. For those who can’t make it in the evening I am also presenting a lecture the day before at 2pm at the LaFayette-Walker Public Library. This marks the first outing for my art work in my native state (and first show under the name Jordan M. Scoggins).
I hope you will come out to say hello and check out my work.
i haven’t posted a lot on this site for a while since most of my time and energy over the past two to three years has gone into the Jordan’s Journey book. while the book is finished the project is ongoing and still under way. but I’ve been a wellspring of creativity lately. i regularly post Instagrams, and did a little painting recently as well. i’ve also got a number of larger works in progress. for Jordan’s Journey be on the lookout for some video pieces (as well as the weekly posts i’m writing). a collaboration project with painter Michael Tice is under way, as is a a book project. i’m also working with author Brian Centrone on some projects. i even wrote a new short story. ideas are flowing. or maybe it’s just anticipation for spring. but whatever the origin, i’m at my best when creativity comes forth.Read More