Mar 9, 2013


photo credit: Victoria Lynn Pierce
PATHMAKER was beautiful before the installation, I almost believed it was enough, but given its own room and some props, it became more of perhaps what it wanted to be all along. The tree planted on the viewer's left side creates a space to mentally enter into, to contemplate the safety, or the wisdom, of walking beneath those branches, into whatever may lie beyond. The lone figure is reading a quote written on the wall:

"You enter the forest 
at the darkest point, where there is no path.

Where there is a way or a path,
it is someone else's path.
You are not on your own path."

-Joseph Campbell, The Hero's Journey   

A tumbleweed, an old suitcase covered in dry leaves and a large hat offering shade from a harsh sun propose the possibility of a long sojourn.

Are you ready to take the step? 

Maps of the world, maps of Mexico, it doesn't matter - they're all upside down anyway. You have no need for them, make your own path!

"Let each man take the path according to his own capacity, understanding and temperament. His true guru will meet him along that path."

-Sivananda Saraswat

Inside the Pathmaker's pocket is a loose leaf book of "Things Collected Along the Path." Because surely, if you take the path, you will be gifted with treasures that will remain in your heart and your mind for all of your life.

"When the path ignites a soul, there's no remaining in place. The foot touches the ground, but not for long.' - Hakim Sanai

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