ragtags studio central: sarah's random this & that

random means "having no definite aim or purpose," (1655), taken from "at random" (1565), "at great speed" (thus, "carelessly, haphazardly"). In 1980s college student slang, it somehow, and sadly, acquired a distinct sense of "inferior, undesirable." (Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper) Well, okay, fine, Mr. Online Etymology Dictionary person, but THIS is the 21st Century. It's a whole new ball of wax.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Stairway to Heaven

Although Laurie Zuckerman is most well known for her altars, her quietly elegant and culturally evocative photos portray our connections to those who go before us with equal sensitivity. I bought this print recently and though initially attracted to its brilliant color and the flowers, have since found myself meditating on the exquisite symbolism of the light of the midday sun, filtered through row after row of reverentially placed blooms, and the clearly aging, yet not totally rusted, turquoise ladder.