On view August 20 - October 16, 2020
Everyday Life In Quarantine: Photographs and Reflections
Cody Flory Robertson | Balcony Gallery
My intention with making art is to practice being in the present moment, fully and completely. It is giving my attention to one thing at a time, and spending time getting to know my world from the inside out. It is giving myself the space to be undistracted, and letting go of the need to pin everything down and explain everything. It is releasing the labels I habitually and unconsciously attach to everything I experience, and relaxing the need to put everything into a box. Art is refocusing my mind every time I get caught up in the daily drama of my domestic life, and making room for new and fresh experiences. It is landing physically and emotionally in the here and now. It is feeling my feet upon the earth, my body upon a chair, my skin sensing the breeze, my ears receiving sound, my eyes seeing color and texture, light and line. It is waking up and having the capacity to notice my thoughts, to notice when I am thinking, and remembering to let thoughts dissolve and pass away. It is being able to choose my next step and trusting that I know how to make good decisions.
I use photography as a medium because it doesn’t require a lot of setup and preparation. I don’t have to set up paints or other supplies, and I can take the camera with me wherever I go. I use the camera as a reminder to look, and to notice my surroundings. I use it as a means to have a conversation with my environment, and to express moments of mind-stopping clarity and vividness when they occur. I use it to pay attention differently. I use it to notice and connect with my kids, my wife, my cats, my home, and my environment.
Art, to me, is a practice of consciously choosing to be kind to myself and others. It is being truthful. It is about being who I am, unapologetically, and without the need to make anything up. It is a process of gradual unfolding and also a journey of sudden wake-up moments. It is a way of knowing I am connected with my life and with all things through the window of many small encounters with what is ordinary, everyday, and mundane.
May you, the viewer, also be inspired to pay attention in a different way. May you notice more. May you take delight in small moments. May you see more. May you use your everyday life to wake up, and share that experience with others. May it be so.
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