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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

About CatRutgers4Art

Original art by Catherine Rutgers, with musings on the media and the methods. Founded in 2010. “I believe in magic moments. Am not afraid to be sentimental, and adore a tweaked cliché. Two of my favorite pastimes are watching paint dry and observing green tendrils unfold.”
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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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