Wander Word

TRAIL STOP #5

Study Series

By Yuko Otomo

Yuko Otomo is a visual artist & a bilingual poet/writer of Japanese origin. Her latest books are STUDY & Other Poems on Art (by Ugly Duckling Presse) & Elements (by the Feral Press). She is currently a contributing writer arteidolia.com where she posts her critical writing mostly on visual art.

Study 1: balance & weight

More
Black on
Black to
Erase the
Center of
(what)?

Study 2: sonority & rhythm

Take
Your pace
Of
Time
To
Stretch
Out
To
Sing

Louder
&
Livelier

Or

Quieter

Study 3: color & color cognition process

Differences
In the two
Are very
Obvious

One is one
Another is another

They both
Are here

Study 4: tools & materials

(for Christine Hughes)

Life is good
Onward & forward

See you very soon
At the same place
At a different date/time

Now I can see
What tools to
Use to get along
With materials

I can dance
With them

Study 5: space & boundary

There is no boundary
In space
But there is

A boundary

In the space
You face

Four corners
Are not the end
But the beginning
Of something bigger

Even deeper

So stop facing
The space

Instead

Become it

Study 6: order, chaos & mess

Don’t be fetishistic
About order & cleanliness

Get messy
Get dirty

Forget about
Chaos

Study 7: spirit & purpose

Don’t get meta-physical
When you hold a brush

It teaches you
How to be purposeless
& spiritual

Study 8: private history & public history

If you don’t say a word
Everybody thinks you are deaf or dumb

But occasionally somebody
In everybody picks the music
In silence

To make your own total
Private history
Of yourself

To be

Shared
By
Others
Besides
You
Alone

Study 9: dreams & reality

No more pressure
To have a layered
Life
Style

Reality
Of
Dream(ing)
Becomes
A dream
Coming
True

Study 10: new beginning

Just
Begin afresh
Without
Ending
A thing

No more contempt
But
Just
A
Pure
Joy to
Enjoy