Martial Art Pt. 1
Leigh J McCloskey
I think we spend a lot of energy having conversations about what’s missing from the conversation, and I said well, wait a minute.1 Let’s have a conversation that we want to bring to the conversation. And that simple sort of martial art in a way of rather than being against something, say well, what can I cultivate in the emptiness that this has generated to think more like a gardener, more like a planter? And what I found then, because my work in the studio, my epiphany that begins really the Hieroglyph of the Human Soul, that I begin on 9/11 when the towers come down, and it’s all become a completely painted, multi-dimensional environment, with this extraordinary story.
But I believe that its revelation was this realization on my part that on 9/11 there was this sense of just soul exhaustion, as if we had come so far, and this was the best we could do.2 It’s a bit like a bad Hollywood film. If you can’t figure out what to do with act three, you blow everything up. And that moment of absolute violence, I realized that the only thing — a bit like a modern Noah, was to at least within the context of where I lived, tell the story I felt worthy of generations.3