“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
~ T.S. Eliot
Welcome to my blog. This is the space and place I curate the human condition. I call myself an Artistic Anthropologist as these two words define both what I do and who I am. In my life, as in my artistic and anthropological work, I strive to be authentic to my true self and a record keeper of what I experience. I have been described by colleagues as deep, as real, as a thinker. A poet meets professor who is romantic, mysterious, intellectual and thoughtful, with bottomless curiosity.
There are two thoughts I keep in mind when thinking about what I do. One is from Marie Colvin, the Sunday Times journalist who was killed in Homs, Syria in 2012, covering the war. Her philosophy for why she did what she did was “to bear witness” to the world what was happening to so many innocent people–the injustice and suffering–hoping to elicit change and empathy.
The other thought, from writer Finley Peter Dunne, who wrote that journalism should “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” I believe this to be not only true for journalists but for all working towards justice and for me to do this through artistic anthropology.
I hope everyone who explores this blog will take something away that encourages, motivates, agitates, educates or inspires you in some way.