tile, bamboo, flower, painted art installations now scatter the surrounding land of the amida france... each speaking to the undercurrent of our creative potential - spiralling, reaching, flowering, holding and exploding us toward the unspoken and revealing what is present...
sudana says this of his experience , "we worked together as a team; transforming (the well) from a thing of ugliness to a thing of beauty with great laughter and joy - moving from samsara to the pureland."
for susthama, she says, "it took me ten days to know what to do with the bamboo and ten minutes to put it together. i struggled and struggled and struggled to the point of frustration and I, the bombu, had enough of the bamboo - and just as i was about to give up quan yin came to me. The lovely quan yin showed herself to me in the bamboo."
and for saille's spiral, "gareth and i just started moving a few tiles around together. i wasn't really intending on building the spiral right then and there and then something just got a hold of me and i didn't stop for two hours until it was complete; working in 35 degree temperatures chugging pitcher after pitcher of water. and the whole time, susthama and margaret, a guest for arts week, witnessed my process as they journeyed through their own landscape of storytelling." and when gareth spoke of his tile art piece he said he was inspired by sudana's clay work in the previous day's workshop. he didn't know how the tiles were going to come together, but after several attempts over several days, the piece simply bulit itself as if it had been there all along.
in reflection of the whole arts period, jorawar, one of amida's lodgers says, " it was good that it was not about individual efforts... people were working together and that somehow made it better than if it were a solitary thing. for example in the creative workshop with kate, when we did the group painting... that is not something one person could come up with." and so, the creative undercurrent was indeed present, guiding us each home in the flow of the art-making process.