GLITTERING SCRIVENER

MARIA DAHVANA HEADLEY'S MANUSCRIPTS, ILLUMINATED
-Ruth Marten, Oyster. Ink on 18th century etching. 2008
Every birthday is an opportunity to be reborn. 
Today is my birthday.
Sometimes I’m the oyster, sometimes the pearl. Sometimes just the brine, which isn’t bad at all, considering the things that brine has symbolized in various cultures. The chaos waters from which everything is born. They’re chaos, but they contain the world. 
Here I am, today, 35 years old, having accomplished a lot of the things I set out to accomplish when I was eleven. I’m a writer. That’s what I always wanted to be, and it’s what I do for a living. And I’ve accomplished some other things too. Some really gorgeous Other Things, in fact. They make me.
Ruth Marten’s work makes something old into something new, but it keeps the old on display, the existing etchings that underlay each piece still part of the final product, and equal and necessary to the success of the inventions.  
Not a bad model for a birthday. 
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Bonus: Ruth Marten has done some mole shoes, just as Iris Schieferstein has. Apparently every artist I love likes to play strangely with animals. 

-Ruth Marten, Oyster. Ink on 18th century etching. 2008

Every birthday is an opportunity to be reborn. 

Today is my birthday.

Sometimes I’m the oyster, sometimes the pearl. Sometimes just the brine, which isn’t bad at all, considering the things that brine has symbolized in various cultures. The chaos waters from which everything is born. They’re chaos, but they contain the world. 

Here I am, today, 35 years old, having accomplished a lot of the things I set out to accomplish when I was eleven. I’m a writer. That’s what I always wanted to be, and it’s what I do for a living. And I’ve accomplished some other things too. Some really gorgeous Other Things, in fact. They make me.

Ruth Marten’s work makes something old into something new, but it keeps the old on display, the existing etchings that underlay each piece still part of the final product, and equal and necessary to the success of the inventions.  

Not a bad model for a birthday. 

***

Bonus: Ruth Marten has done some mole shoes, just as Iris Schieferstein has. Apparently every artist I love likes to play strangely with animals. 

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