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The gift of the artist…

The gift of the artist…

posted on Friday January 6, 2012 | in Tuning in to Josephine | 3 Comments

“…I improvised, crazed by the music…Even my teeth and eyes burned with fever. Each time I leaped I seemed to touch the sky and when I regained earth it seemed to be mine alone.”

I used to have this quote from Josephine Baker on my Pop blog and I thought it to be so powerful. All the odds were against Josephine Baker and yet she had such a powerful sense of self. Imagine, even today if she did what she had done all these decades ago she would still be criticized. But she delved deep, and she brought to the world such a gift that only she could have dug up, and it was so necessary. But it took strength, courage an understanding that isn’t ordinarily found. It is the gift of the artist to go this far. More…

From an interview with Marian Kihogo

-photo: me coming out of Carsten Höller’s slide at the New Museum.

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3 Comments

  1. malika (Reply) on Friday 6, 2012

    Space research
    Space suit !

    Courage of JBaker
    Courage for liberty

  2. Marian (Reply) on Friday 6, 2012

    Dearest Shala,
    That excerpt is just a small reflection of how truly phenomenal your answers were.
    Thank you for inspiring my readers and myself alike in that piece.
    Thank you.
    Love,
    Marian

  3. Debra (Reply) on Friday 6, 2012

    “You may say i’m a dreamer, but i’m not the only one.” Thank you for this post Shala!

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