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Why Your Dream Matters by Misha Lyuve

Jan 17, 2012

Do you have a dream?

We’ve got used to someone else taking care of our stuff. We hope that our doctors will heal our sicknesses, our government will make our society work, our families will support our choices and our teachers will educate our children. And we might be just lucky enough for this all to happen…

But who do you expect to follow your dreams?

I’ve always wondered about my “selfish” dreams – the things that I want to have, accomplishments that I strive to make happen, joys of life that I am eager to receive – do they count? But now I am clear, if you lack enthusiasm or courage, time or money, friends or skills to follow your “selfish” dream – is there even a chance for bigger ones?

Following a dream awakens our spirit, sparkles us with exhilaration of being alive like nothing else, has us be unreasonable and gives a meaning to our actions (even if temporary)… And if you care for education of your children – the best lesson is parents following their dreams.

The party you support might lose next elections and then will win them back, doctors might change their mind about what’s good for you, your kids will get their A’s and C’s, some new members of your family will arrive and others will go – and within this wild dance of life, there are YOU and YOUR dream.

Follow it.

Can you imagine how alive and bubbly our planet would be if people just minded their own dreams? – That’s my dream. And what is yours?

The dream by Marc Chagal, 1939

A wise view on “waiting” by Misha Lyuve

Jan 12, 2012

Waiting is not mere empty hoping. It has the inner certainty of reaching the goal. Such certainty alone gives that light which leads to success.
- Book of Changes (i-ching)

Art, Honey and Explorations by Misha Lyuve

Jan 8, 2012

All the journeys have a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware -Martin Buber

Photo by Rosemarie Padovano, 2006. From Salve series

One of the artist’s jobs could be seen as to push the understanding of reality through exploration.

I was inspired by a project titled Honey by Rosemarie Padovano, a New York artist, as an example of that. At the same time I would like to use it as a challenge for you, my reader: you are an artist of your life and the depth of your exploration is creating your masterpiece. In Rosemarie’s life, the boundary of the exploration can be described by the following question she asked herself: “Why can’t I just come up with an idea for a @#$*ing painting instead?”

Celebrating the spirit of giving and human intimacy, Rosemarie developed a ritual of feet washing in honey.

She first introduced it by asking her dad to wash her mom’s feet for a photographic series titled Salve – among other intentions, to apply the healing qualities of honey to the varicose veins her mom developed after giving birth to four children and celebrate the work of a mother with a product of a tireless work of a bee.

Photo by Muhammad Sorwar, 2011, Socates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY

Later Rosemarie herself performed the ritual in public spaces to expand her own understanding of intimacy and reciprocity, by providing service with nothing received in return but the experience. In her words: “To perform such an act with a stranger becomes an exercise in the awkwardness, struggle, necessity and pleasure inherent in human connection. The viscous materiality of the honey is a metaphor for the interdependence of bees on one another, and ultimately how we all remain in a fragile balance of reliance and community in order to sustain.”

The sticky quality of honey makes it a great candidate to be able to “catch” intimacy, an elusive concept that cannot be understood through dictionary definitions or others people’s experiences; especially applied to feet, one of our more “private” body parts.

Thank you, Rosemarie Padovano, for getting your hands sticky with honey, for touching feet of strangers, for taking risks and not producing another painting.

The question begs – what are you planning to explore this year? What boundaries are you ready to push open?

As for having your feet washed in honey – it’s nothing like you could ever imagine – I tried it firstfoot.

Video by Dr. Mikhail Tis, 2011. Artist's studio, Brooklyn NY

Rosemarie Padovano is a Brooklyn-based sculptor, photographer, video and performance artist. Her work explores human connection through ritual, desire, loss and displacement. She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, her BFA from Parsons School of Design, and has attended residencies through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Select exhibitions in New York City include; Marvelli Gallery, Ramis Barquet Gallery, Exit Art, and Location One. On February 10, 2012, Padovano will present “Honey,” a performance in which the public’s feet are washed in honey, cleaned with soap and water, and then towel dried at Fort Point Art Community Inc., in Boston MA. Visit for further details: