The sun glinted off of my ring the other day as I was nursing, and a little circle of sunlight danced around the wall in the exact rhythm of my baby’s breath and wiggly movements. If I weren’t also feeling his movements with my arms, I’d never have guessed the source, but because I knew where they came from, the co-incidence was really pleasing. Since then, I’ve been on a circular meditation about the nature of life-recorded. All of creation echoes, mirrors, plays back, reverberates. It’s another spin on a subject that I’ve been fascinated with my whole life; the title of this blog itself is a testament to this obsession with the way that things gather and disperse according to likeness and diversity, responding and communicating– many parts forming a whole– everything riding on parallel tracks and wave frequencies– colliding, refracting and dividing, before regaining new harmonies. As a couple of artists, my husband and I are in the business of creating likenesses, of reflecting back something of what we see or experience. It’s fun to think of it as a further specialization of the sun glint– a manipulation of properties always and ever at work as the universe records itself.
The radio and television broadcasts that our planet has created are now reaching out into space, as well as endless other forms of communication– cell phone conversations, wireless networks, etcetera etcetera (in the midst of life we are in death, etcetera)– and it has always been beyond incredible to me that those of us with eyesight are privy to a tiny slice of the electromagnetic spectrum. Vision! And don’t even get me started on music. Music!