Sara Whitman

No Comfort Zone

Filed By Sara Whitman | April 12, 2011 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Boston, Chihuly exhibit, Chihuly glass, life lessons

A friend went to the Chihuly exhibit this weekend and sent me a photo with the caption, "Don't touch."

Chihuly chandelierIndeed. No touching the Chihuly.

I have always loved modern and abstract art. It comes from having been raised around my mother's collection of some of the strangest things. Like a giant photo of xrays of irises. Very ... interesting.

What I realize I look for are patterns in the absolute definition of none.

Funny, because I rarely see them in my own life. Part of what I've been holding is a new awareness of patterns. Seems I have done a very good job of weaving the familiar, regardless of it's effectiveness, into my life.

People do tend to the comfort zone, and I am no different. But why, when the comfort zone ain't so comfortable?

I am going to the Chihuly exhibit here in Boston this weekend. I will ooo and ahhh.

And I will look for patterns.

(Crossposted at Suburban Lesbian Housewife. img flickr)

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It's absolutely normal to look for patterns.

We hosted a Chihuly exhibition many years ago when I was at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. One thing that struck me about his work is how it borrowed from natural forms -- and in nature, there are always patterns. They're not always obvious, but they're there.

Enjoy the show.

I love Chihuly's work. If I lived closer, I'd love to go with you to see the exhibit.

We always look for patterns. When we don't find them, we create them. It helps us sort through the vast amounts of information we take in.