Once I complained to a friend
“They’re always in the way
Of the horizon”
“Yes, but what of the view
From the top”
That friend was Cheryl Larsen , and it’s a perfect example of the kind of impact she’s made in my life. Cheryl was the first person to look at my art and say, “that’s cool” not, “what’s that?” She influenced my eye and methods by introducing me to the art of Tina Mondatti, Frida Kahlo and Cindy Sherman. She gave me Jon Berger’s Ways of Seeing, and Susan Sontag’s Against Interpretation, and she’s held my hand, assuaged my fears, and been my cheerleader for the last year as I learned my way around VSVEVG. I love and thank you Cheryl.
VSVEVG was one year old on February twenty fourth, boasting eighty-eight posts, hundreds of comments, likes, shares and follows. I must say, it really has been just wonderful. The amount of support I have received has awed and humbled me.
I’ll be writing another year of VSVEVG with a view from the top. read the rest of my poem Cahoots here
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To commemorate this anniversary I am reposting a revised Dinner and a Swat team, an early post, I still consider one of the best and most relevant.