Gordon Wood

Seattle, Washington, US

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Cascadia Enchantment & the Barbaric Heart

Acrylic collage w/metal leaf on panel60" x 48"

Enchantment: “An unapologetic affirmation of the meaningful richness and depth of existence, registering the dynamic wholeness of being (inclusive of negativity and absence), fostering health and vitality in evincing a non-reductive integrative inclusiveness.” -- Michael Schwartz, PhD

Barbaric Heart: “In fact the Barbaric Heart is civilized, for all the good that does it, and has always happily clad itself in the decorous togas of Rome (as the Ostrogoth King Theodoric did), the pinstripes of Wall Street, and the comfy suburbanity of L. L. Bean.” “This is the barbaric calculation: if you can prosper from violence, then you should go ahead and be violent. In short order the Barbaric Heart is lead to conclude that in face prosperity is dependent on violence. Therefore, you should be good at violence, for your own sake and the sake of your country. -- Curtis White

I’ve lived in the Cascadia Bioregion for thirty-nine years, the majority of my life now, and this place feels like home and it has nourished my creative life, imagination deeply through its magnificent beauty beyond what words can adequately articulate. It is much greater than the visual beauty that awes and feeds my sense of wonder, as it is very physical, tangible. We’ll get more into this…

The truth is that Cascadia is not named after a static entity like a mountain range, but rather for what the whole of the maritime mountainous region does—it cascades! So, Cascadia is named after this signature region-wide dynamism! -- Dr. David D. McCloskey, Cascadia Institute
2022
  • Gordon Wood

LOVE Nebula Autopoiesis

Acrylic collage on panel24" x 30"

This artwork is an image of nested scales and scopes as existing in holonic reality. Love is a powerful, regenerative force in sustaining resilience in the universe as well as sentient beings through an integral ecology of mind essential for our health, as well as the health of all the Earth’s flora & fauna.

Autopoiesis refers to a system capable of producing and maintaining itself in relational terms, dynamics, as in Interbeing, with the persistence of Panarchy, a model of “interlinked adaptive cycles occuring at multiple temporal and spatial scales simultaneously.”

1 - Wahl Beauty nurtures harmony and flourishing in the universe, enhancing resilience: Beauty equals, retains, and emphasizes truth and connection to subtlety and the sublime through its presence. Beauty expands the relationship of the soul to spirit and beyond through increased awareness, openness, and perception. Beauty embodies the very drive, creative and evolutionary of the Kosmos toward greater depth and expanding consciousness in the witness, beholder and through empathic capacities.

Beauty embraces us in the timeless now by suspending the other chatter in our brains, creating space to be present in the moment. The freedom of non-duality sustains beauty and truth. Beauty nurtures growth, inspires, and confirms all the potential in the Kosmos.

Beauty has meaning. Decay - entropy is inevitable, unavoidable, and regenerative. One can’t have beauty without decay; they go hand in hand, the Yin and the Yang, the Wabi Sabi.

The vision and objective are for sustainable beauty, transcendence, transmutation, and transformation via translation of all that this wondrous Kosmos provides through my actions and art.
2022
  • Gordon Wood

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