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Like That © Catherine Rutgers 2013I spiral. I rarely attack anything from top to bottom. I might start at the top, but something else along the way grabs my attention. And I often figure out the conclusion before I do the middle.

Once a week, I shut the computer down overnight. Then clean the glistening  screen and swab the keyboard with alcohol on Q-tips. Then I turn it back on.

Sometimes I wait even longer.

Sometimes I keep things in case of unlikely contingencies. Sometimes those contingencies come to pass.

On Friday night, I saw the meteor. It was green and orange. Everything will always be perfect. Nothing will ever be finished. Ciao for now, Cat

Pattern Up © Catherine Rutgers 2013B-Baby Baby Baby © Catherine Rutgers 2013Like a Poet © Catherine Rutgers 2013Standard Gamma © Catherine Rutgers 2013River Running Soul Deep © Catherine Rutgers 2013If You Didn't Know What It Was How Can You Know What It Is © Catherine Rutgers 2013Raggedy Edge © Catherine Rutgers 2013Point of Return © Catherine Rutgers 2013
Images and text by Catherine Rutgers  © 2013

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4 Responses to Raw

  1. Susan Scutti says:

    love this one — great text, beautiful art… for some reason i especially like the second piece of artwork in this post.

    • Thank you, thank you, Ms. Scutti! “Pattern Up” is a very, very close-up view of the “Reap” photo, which became a mystery veil like tiles in an ancient temple. “Like a Poet” and “Point of Return,” by the way, are from the same source; looking back through the working files, I’m surprised to see that “Point” was done first. The text was written before I made the images. Stream-of-consciousness, very slightly edited. Two lines about how much I love my computer were deleted, but somehow, I think that might be evident anyway. ^_^

  2. Carol says:

    I especially like the collages…something unique and compelling about them.

    • Hey, Carol, and thank you!! The collages illustrate my creative process — Sift, Freak, Reap — and were created in 2000. I recently took them apart to scan, and have had a lot of fun with the digital editions (for more complex versions, see Morning After, https://catrutgers4art.com/2011/05/16/sift-freak-reap-morning-after/ from May 2011)

      By the way, do you remember the Fabulous Underachievers’ Club? That’s the source for the text pieces in Freak. And, of course, it also became a great issue of the Unbearables assembling magazine. Reuse, recycle but I can’t say reduce because they really seem to expand rather than contract.

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