54 Dreams Impossible to Resist

To set the mood for this handout I have chosen a poem from Mud Woman, Poems from the Clay by Nora Naranjo-Morse, an Indian artist from New Mexico. She is a sculptor whose works are both social commentaries and humorous. But, to the point, I see a parallel between her attitude toward sculpture and what ours might be toward drawing. Think of your having written the poem, using the word “drawing” in place of the word “clay” as you read. I especially love the last two lines.

There is nothing

like an idea

that comes to life

through clay.

 

Each step

a personal investment of

thought

labor

and time.

 

Hands

moving quickly,

rounding curves

setting up in clay

skillful responses

educated

by Gia’s

simple instruction

and immense ...

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