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Lamina - a thin layer, plate, or scale of sedimentary rock, organic tissue, or other material.


I often experiment with translucence in my paintings, diluting the acrylic medium with water. There is something reverential about a translucent plane as an indication of layers above or below, and an invitation to pause at the midpoint when things are unclear. 


Last week, a loved one shared Pema Chodron's book, When Things Fall Apart. The writer asserts that when circumstances are shaky and groundless, we should touch into that tender place - on the verge - because healing can result from the practice of allowing room for all things to happen. 


In organic matter, such as a rock or crystal, this translucent point marks an ending and also a transformative beginning, like a bridal veil. This pause - the in-between place - can feel peaceful if we breathe into its uncertainty. While not a direct narrative, elements of these thoughts are present in Lamina: formidable tenderness, and faint but discernible direction.


Lamina in progress in studio.

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