An Evolving Life. Sacred Monsters.
Each week in my Monday morning yoga class at the Westhampton Beach Library, I set an intention for the practice. This week I chose Imperfection. A huge topic for me as perfection has ruled most of my life. I used to set my standards so high that it didn’t leave much room for anything else.
It was an exhausting and often lonely existence because let’s face it, nothing and no one is perfect. We are each filled with our own very special set of flaws. Flaws we spend a lifetime trying to relinquish whether they are physical, emotional or spiritual.
So with this in mind I realized that a set of pastel drawings like this one, that I’ve been spontaneously producing this year with no forethought—that I call Sacred Monsters—are all about those unique flaws or demons that haunt us.
Many balk at this title citing that it’s anathema to the MeToo Movement. But I think it’s more personal than that. Perhaps it’s scary to look inside, upsetting to confront what we may not like about ourselves. Nonetheless, it’s meaningful work.
Those demons, those Sacred Monsters that appear time and again no matter what we do to push them away, just need our attention. Accept them, embrace them, and maybe before too long even learn to love them. And then, perhaps in time they won’t be so bothersome anymore.
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I have had the good fortune of knowing Meryl Spiegel for many years. We met during my BNB days when she was referred to me as a resource for a specific type of photography I was searching for. I also knew her as a writer. Over the years, I have been impressed with Meryl’s talent and creativity, and the honesty of her work. When Meryl began to sketch, paint, work with pastels, she truly overlaid one talent on top of another. The layers were intriguing. I reached out to Meryl recently because I thought that the Hummingbird audience would appreciate her work, and value her process. They say that timing is everything, and in this case it was, because Meryl was thinking about not only “showing” her work, but writing about it too. In our new series, An Evolving Life, Meryl will share the stages, challenges, and meaning of her art, and the journey that coincides with the pieces she highlights. Sandra Novick
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