October 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, Shemer Art Center, Phoenix. Call (602) 262-4727 to register or for directions.
Contact: Quinn McDonald at 286-6220, area code 480, for details. Monsoon papers are papers surface decorated with ink and a deliberate surrender of control. I made the first ones during the hard rains of Phoenix’s Monsoon Season, and later adapted the technique for studio use
Quinn McDonald had every intention of being an obedient child, a dutiful wife, and the mom who baked cookies for PTA meetings. Due to an unexpected wrinkle in the space/time continuum, that didn’t happen.
In graduate school I became fascinated with how people faced the changes that life washed over them. The daughter of immigrants, I had to know what formed the dreams for women who left everything they knew for an unknown, different life. I was impressed by the strength of the women who kept journals–the stories of countless women who stepped into the unknown, armed only with a sense of duty, adventure, and a pencil. From their lives I learned that we don’t FIND meaning in life, we MAKE meaning in life. That meaning-making sparks curiosity and interest in the journey we are on.
So now I am what I was meant to be–curious about life, restless but content. A writer, a creativity coach, a woman who rides a motorcycle across the Sonoran desert. All that shows up in this book. I’m curious what shows up for you when you read it.
Podcast of Quinn on Artistically Speaking with Rebecca Parsons on Blog Talk Radio: