tsatsas(& the art of improvised pilgrimage)              
 
sewanee, tn, october-november, 2011
 

November 8th, 2011: A Sewanee Pilgrimage continues

Thanks to Laura Willis, Sewanee Mountain Messenger editor extraordinaire, and Rebekah Hildebrandt, ace student reporter, A Sewanee Pilgrimage is in the news. I am thankful to you both for your support of this project. Hoorah for this small, local, independent newspaper & for its peers everywhere.

Over the weekend, I was away in DC with a Sewanee group protesting the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline. Twelve thousand of us encircled the White House, something which had not been done since the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, two more sets of participant photographs came in. The first is from my Sewanee Drawing & Painting colleague Jessica Wohl, who set out tsatsas along her daily pilgrimage walk into campus:

 

   
               
             
photograph by Jessica Wohl
                 
       
photograph by Jessica Wohl
               
               
         
photograph by Jessica Wohl
           
                                 
   
photograph by Jessica Wohl
                                 
       
         
photograph by Jessica Wohl
           
photograph by Jessica Wohl
 
           
           
photograph by Jessica Wohl
     
           
photograph by Jessica Wohl
           
           
             
photograph by Jessica Wohl
       
               
photograph by Jessica Wohl
                   
           
photograph by Jessica Wohl
           
             
   
photograph by Jessica Wohl
           
             
               
photograph by Jessica Wohl
       
               
     
photograph by Jessica Wohl
             
               
             
photograph by Jessica Wohl
           
                                   
   
photograph by Jessica Wohl
                                 
                                                 
 

The second set of photographs I received over the weekend was from April (Mengqi) Shi, a sophomore at Sewanee, and a gifted painter. No commentary from April, but her placement choices remind me of the Buddhist notion of the Requisites - necessary supports for life. Shelter, learning (in the form of the Library book drop), safety, and possibly food (that last one is an awesomely inscrutable image):

 

 
                 
         
photograph by April Shi
       
photograph by April Shi
           
                                                 
 
photograph by April Shi
 
     
photograph by April Shi
               
                 
         
photograph by April Shi
           
                                   
             
     
photograph by April Shi
           
                           
                               
photograph by April Shi
       
                                                 
             
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