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

November 13th, 2011: Kelly O'Mara's Sewanee Pilgrimage

Kelly O'Mara, one of the most delightful students I've ever had the good fortune to work with, sent in this report of her adventures:

Hurrah for the tsa-tsa! It has been an honor to be a part of this group of
community members, faculty, and students that have joined together in a
movement of signifying sacred spaces throughout our shared community under
the leadership of artist, professor, and friend, Julie Püttgen. I see the
tsa-tsa as an object that connects both individuals to others, and
individuals to the landscape. Each piece, made from the clay of this
domain, is both separate from and a part of our landscape.

Throughout my Sewanee Pilgrimage, I chose to signify places that I
encounter on a near-daily basis in my life, contrasted by those which I do
not occupy on a *daily* basis but are of great importance to me
nonetheless.

The frequency of my visits to these places neither diminishes nor adds to
their importance in my life. These decisions of placement were made in
accordance to the Zen story featured on the first page of this project of
the dying teacher, grieving student, and the message to "live in such a way
that there are no unimportant places or people." In my tsa-tsa placement,
it is my hope that I have honored not only the places of greatness in my
life, but also the people that inhabit them. Both exist physically, in my
memory, and in a transitory place between the two.

 
               
   
 
   
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
 
   
     
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
       
    The bike rack outside of my dorm, where I begin each day's
venture (#74)...
     
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
 
     
         
     
           
 
   
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
 
   
     
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
       
    ...the place of my (almost) weekly
Catechumenate meetings - a tremendous resource to our community - and the home of a group of women for whom I have the utmost respect: The Bairnwick Women's Center (#45)...
   
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
     
           
 
   
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
 
   
     
photograph by Kelly O'Mara

...the post office where I always hope to find something waiting (#37)...

     
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
     
     
           
 
     
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
   
 
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
   
       
...a beautiful swing supported by a large, old tree (#19)...    
       
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
 
     
           
 
   
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
   
 
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
   
       
...my sanctuary of the library and a place of great inspiration to me: the discarded book section (#8)...    
     
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
 
     
           
 
 
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
 
 
   
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
     
  ...my favorite seat in All Saints' Chapel (#67)...
   
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
 
     
               
 
   
 
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
     
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
   
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
 

...Julia's, which nourishes my body and soul (#69)...

[on the day that I placed these around campus, a friend from Athens, Georgia and I met up for lunch at Julia's. He took tsa-tsa # 69 back to Athens with him. A photograph of its second placement should be sent to me soon.]

 
 
                 
   
 
 
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
   
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
  ...and finally Green's View, where I first fell in love with this place when I was 12 years old (#73).
   
photograph by Kelly O'Mara
     
   
                 
       
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