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Jan 14, 2013

Killing Cancer

My sister Krys discovered three months ago that there was a tumor growing in her abdomen. It was the size of a housecat and growing. She immediately underwent a terrible regime of chemotherapy, the most radical and aggressive that is available. A few days ago she got a CT scan that revealed that the cancer has shrunk so much it's no longer visible. The medicine did not kill her, close as she came to that. It killed her cancer.

In a less cynical time we would have been able to say beyond a doubt that such an achievement is magic. Humanity, able to use a God-like power for good! In the midst of facing the terrible crises that seem to assault us daily from the front pages of the paper, it is helpful to take a moment every so often to stop and give thanks for the amazing things that we have been able to achieve. Every achievement is the result of someone's creative struggle, usually against great odds, to birth a vision of how things could be better. Amidst the terrible crime, corruption and stupidity that so often dominate our attention, we truly are an astonishing species. We can all thank God we live in the time and place we do.  We are incredibly lucky!

Go here to read her own creative musings on her condition.
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I'm a sculptor/filmmaker living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together.

I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.

For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.