You have to look at the major transitions of your life with a metaphor that makes aesthetic and emotional sense. That metaphor has to be waiting there in your unconscious to become available to you. You might be offered any number of public metaphors, but only the private one is of use.

What parts of the transition are you prepared to embrace ?

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  1. Dave

    Posts like this make me glad that you’re back to blogging.

    By the way, where are the recent photos coming from? Are you taking them yourself?

  2. uzwi

    Hi Dave. We aim to please.

    The pix are either by me (neoprene luggage, the Guggenheim terrace Bilbao, rusty dredger, Sri Lankan seafront palms ) or Cath Phillips (thumbs, Hadrian’s Wall, & the author pic in About). As soon as I work out how to caption them I will.

  3. your questions brings up: a Henry Miller quote: “Music is the can opener of the soul” and the feeling I get when I look at really good art–its like an arrow in the heart and then an abundance of exuberant energy.
    You speak of a personal metaphor used to look at the major transitions. I looked at the photo that attends your words and immediately rewrote your text (unwittingly in my head) to say: a personal metaphor is a tool that you use to transition.
    I am a very literal person even though I am conversant with metaphor. I am suspicious of vagueries. You don’t seem at all vague to me so I am intrigued by the actual usage of this metaphor. Clearly finding or inventing it is the major athletic feet here. A wrench or telescope is pretty obvious once you have it in your hand. I am thinking back to when I was training for the circus and how I dealt with my fear of heights. In hindsight I said that I accommodated the fear (made friends with it) once I knew it wouldn’t really go away. But could I have used that metaphor at the time to approach the transition from low trapeze to high?
    So now I have another major transition that seems pretty much a brick wall with no hand holds in terms of understanding how I will deal with it. I have been offered advice (public metaphor?) I am also attempting to actually change the effect of my paintings. Perhaps this is the metaphoric leverage I will use in assaying the wall….?
    How do you use metaphor to see major transitions?

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  5. uzwi

    Hi Mia. “Clearly finding or inventing it is the major athletic feat here.” The moment I find it–or it offers itself to me–that’s when I know I’ve been in transition for a while. Maybe the process (which is self-identification, or more importantly for me, self-reinvention) is even over by the time it’s found a way of expressing itself. I love metaphor & think a good one–a true metaphor, rather than just an analogy or a simile–is the most useful description you can have. In clamping together two components which have no right to share space, you create a third: that’s your new perception. Suddenly it’s all over your work, your life. You can’t be the same again. That’s how it is for me, anyway.