STAR CHILD
Graphite, pastel, and water color on paper, c. 28.5 x 41.25 in.
and also as an
Archival print, 31 x 44 in.
The child dancing in the stars is doing
Soaring Crane Qigong, Chinese exercises
that promote healing and strengthen the
immune system. I do these exercises
daily. In ancient Greek philosophy, Plato’s
Phaedrus says the world of the stars is the
place of transformation. At the beginning
of this piece, the child was standing stiffly
on the ground. But as the work progressed,
I changed his arms and legs into the
movements of Soaring Crane Qigong. Now
graceful, he dances among the stars. This
is possible because art is a place of wishes
materialized and miracles actualized.
There is a part of all of us that is always a
child, full of possibilities and miracles, and
all of us are fully capable of dancing in the
stars.