Monday, July 7, 2014

Word of the Week - 18

  
Artist Juan Romero.
Word of the Week: CURATOR

Claiming the title curator feels scratchy and not-quite-appropriate.  Yet I could arrive at no other word to describe what I feel is my reason for staying with Facebook.  I believe, I know, that we mostly live adaptively.  We are in an on-going state of adjusting, which means we sift through layers of played-out soil to find what works for us.  Of necessity, we have become people who "make do." 

It is not the second-best choice the phrase implies.  In its quiet voice it hints at ways of amplification, of making what is small grow larger and more visible.  It is not settling for nor putting up with.  With the model of generous and innovative creatives before me, I was steered away from any raging and controversy and much of what I hear about as drawbacks of social media and shown it could be a medium for sharing visually the things of my dreams, my longings, my inspiration.
Balenciaga gown from 1961.
It may be the height of cheekiness to think that what delights me will delight another.  One can but try.  I feel that I write almost constantly about the value of beauty, wonder and joy as antidotes to vitality-depleting aspects of daily existence but I know in my cells, in my skin that it is the truth.  Whether the images are creations of nature or man, they are sources of awe, of awakening.  A poem or a felted creature possesses equal power to elevate the spirit, the mind, to speak with honest, emphatic optimism to any of our sagging parts.  The sight of a yellow gown, clearly the work of faerie magic, says we have not grown too old or too sad, that impossible things have always happened and they always will.
Sawdust stuffed elephant.
Giving credit where it is due: Beginning with Alice Vegrova and the art she shared by European illustrators whose work I would never have found, I began to watch for posts from Madame Susha, Skattie Cat, Elsa Mora, Folt Bolt and Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine.  Each of these is indeed a curator, sharing, I assume, what occupies the greatest real estate in their hearts.  Those who are artists themselves could not be more open about promoting artists they admire.  I continue to find posts from them all which I share.  Where once a 4x5 notepad or the ever-popular back of an envelope was nearly sufficient to record information I wanted to retain,  I now use a yellow legal pad to keep track of the names, links, resources and such, hoping I will be able to find my way back to them when needed.  And in talking of sources, I can't neglect Pinterest, which I fear at times sucks away all my hours and the will to do anything more than stare.  If you think serendipity is a myth, hang around Pinterest for a bit.  Sooner or later, your heart's desire - with an accurate link if you're very lucky - will appear.

13 comments:

Denise Litchfield said...


perhaps we can all hope to be curators of our lives - choosing what we will pay attention to
and what not.

And as far as FB goes, at the end of the day it's a free service, so ...caveat emptor.

And it's how I got here, to read your words and be enchanted by the yellow faerie dress.

Elizabeth said...

I really love your curating and have actually purchased from a few of the people you've highlighted on Facebook!

Just Jen said...

I'm really glad that you have a positive outlook on the interwebs. So many tend toward the "bah humbug" ethos which I can't empathize with as my experience is more happy happy joy joy than negative nelly.

beauty. wonder. joy.

yes!

Marylinn Kelly said...

Denise - I believe it is just that assignment toward which we are all being shoved, elbowed. Curators of our own being, choosing. I know that friends of my son loathe FB, reject it entirely. It continues to bring me meaningful connections and access to a vastness I would not have known any other way. It helps us find each other. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Elizabeth - Thank you. What happy news, that you've made purchases from some of my favorites. Such creativity deserves our support in any way we can offer it, thank you for that, too. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Jen - My experience, too. Learning early on that politics and sticky matters were not for me, I have experienced much happy-happy, joy-joy and encountered/met the most generous, talented people in the process. As with other parts of life, I find it is what we make of it. xo

Kass said...

Marylinn, it's because of social media that I know you and I'm so glad. I love your posts on Facebook. They brighten my day and are usually in the color scheme of my new kitchen.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Kass - Thank you. I hope you'll share some photos of your new kitchen or at least tell in words about the use of color, one of my favorite things. We may have found each other through blogs, not that different than social media, which has allowed us to continue this friendship. Happy to see your bright smile here in the comments. xo

Kass said...

Marylinn, I just posted some photos of what I've done to Mom's kitchen.

beth coyote said...

Wow. Thanks for all the links. About to travel to Tuscany-can't wait to be in an 'old' country.

~Beth

Marylinn Kelly said...

Kass - Forgive my tardiness. I will be over to look. Thanks for letting me know. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Beth - Wishing you wondrous travels. Yes, an "old" country. Enjoy the links when you have time. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Kass - Comment left on your blog. Whew, what a job and whew, how worth the effort. xo