Quotations encircling the exhibition walls

23 Installation

The gift finds the man attractive who stands with an empty bowl he does not own. ~ Lewis Hyde

The increase is the core of the gift. This increase begins when the gift has passed through someone, when the circle appears. ~ Lewis Hyde

We are only alive to the degree that we can let ourselves be moved. ~ Lewis Hyde

To be touched, we must in turn, touch….Objects that must be touched are an integral part of the pilgrimage.  ~Phil Cousineau

Pilgrimage is a powerful metaphor for any journey with the purpose of finding something that matters deeply to the traveler. ~ Phil Cousineau

The gift within the gift involved the opening of an inner eye that changed how I looked at life.  ~Michael Meade

We do not see things as they are; we see them as we are.   ~Richard Rohr

The hint half guessed, the gift half understood, is Incarnation.”    ~ T. S. Eliot

Vessels expose the invisible Zeitgeist, the visible formed by the invisible.   ~James Hillman


Within this earthen vessel are bowers and groves, and within it is the Creator:

Within this vessel are the seven oceans and the unnumbered stars.

The touchstone and the jewel-appraiser are within;

And within this vessel the Eternal soundeth, and the spring wells up. ~Kabir


We shape clay into a pot,

but it is the emptiness inside

that holds whatever we want.

We work with being,

but non-being is what we use.   ~Lao Tsu


I was walking along at dawn

with a monk on his way to the monastery

we do the same work I told him

we suffer the same

He gave me a bowl

and I saw

the soul

has this shape

being in the middle of being

partly in myself and partly outside  ~Mawlana Rumi


To be the callow body

vitrified in journey

near catastrophe:

something new arises out of desire

of water, earth and furtive-fettered fire.    ~Patrick Friesen


I gazed into the bowl, after a while the bowl gazed back at me. ~Montien Boonma

The important thing is the willingness to give back the gift that is you, not the perfection of the gift itself. Can you feel the difference?    ~Richard Rohr

Only—if you care for a thing enough, it takes on a life of its own, doesn’t it? And isn’t the whole point of things —beautiful things—that they connect you to some larger beauty? ~Donna Tartt

But the artist appeals to that part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom: to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition — and, therefore, more permanently enduring. He speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation — and to the subtle but invincible, conviction of solidarity that knits together the loneliness of innumerable hearts: to the solidarity in dreams, in joy, in sorrow, in aspirations, in illusions, in hope, in fear, which binds men to each other, which binds together all humanity — the dead to the living and the living to the unborn.  ~Joseph Conrad

Things that have an affinity in their inmost natures seek one another.    ~Mikkel Aaland

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