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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Stones

I wonder if James Luna and Annie Dillard have ever met. I spent some time yesterday enjoying Luna's "Talking Stones" exhibit in the UIS art gallery. Speakers hung over each stone, with one making a haunting sound, another an occasional nature sound, and already I've forgotten the others. I sat and enjoyed it for awhile. My mind stretched: Why in the world would an artist think these stones talk? It also reminded me of one of my favorite essays, "Teaching a Stone to Talk" by Annie Dillard. She describes a man whose life mission is to care for a stone and teach it to talk. Two artists in different parts of the world with the same idea. Maybe it's not so crazy. If we can just imagine it, as artists can.

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