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What Is Love 272: John
E 12th Ave, Vancouver BC USA

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Connectivity
Freedom
Transcendence

Because I know a little bit about your project, and I’ve seen your artist talk in Athens, so I’ve been thinking about it for awhile, and I’m not even, like, let me even step back even further, I’ve been thinking about this even more since my wedding last summer and coming from a place where I’ve done a lot of like churning through this tradition, thinking you know, about what is this connection we have with other people and what does that mean for like, marriage and then coming from a Buddhist perspective trying to think through like, you know, I guess, conditional love, which is like, you know, sort of like an attached feeling or emotion and trying to think through that in terms of like, a relationship, and so… I guess my, I guess I like, refer to this experience that I’ve had at meditation retreats where I come out of a sit and I do feel um, the Metta that surrounds me and the freedom that it brings um, and, the connectivity that I feel with everything and I that I feel, that’s a state I refer to as one of love. Um and then so, thinking through that in terms of like, you know, a human relationship, and what that means, I think is really interesting. And so I say things like “freedom” and “transcendence” in terms of like, that experience that I’ve had at Vipassana and how I bring that perspective into a, ya, a human relationship. In my wedding vows I sort of took that perspective as like, intension. So, you know… you know, being really present in the relationship and trying to hold them not to my expectations but allowing them to be as they are and as they grow um, and I think that’s a really fucking hard thing to do. So letting go of expectations that we’re socialized with or we gain through our previous relationships of like, what we want from the other person um, and what we expect to give them so letting go of a lot of that stuff and trying to, I guess, have like a more, you know, unconditional intension anyways. But I think that’s the… that’s the fucking battle.

And I’m also really interested in seeing love on the streets, and in forms of protest and uprising and struggle. Um, I really identify, or not identity, but I really can recognize how much love it takes to put yourself on the line from like a social justice stand point. And a lot of people I think will confuse rage or anger with the love that it takes to dream something bigger than what they’re confronting. So I see this, I see this thread, maybe red thread of like, Metta, running through all these things and um, how maybe a relationship is like, or a movement are like very difficult things to kind of compare love with because it’s so easy to get drawn into that attachment for like, the outcome or what you expect your partner to be.
 








 
 
 



 
 
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