words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Life on the Edge of Nothingness

Remove yourself from the painful past and uncertain future

Sometimes in the waking we often remember that life exist with its
own set of difficulties. It seems as if we are living in perpetual change and in
transitional states of being. We are confronted with interpersonal
relationships that need our undivided attention, support, and unwavering love—while
simultaneously we must seek solutions to a world struggling with civil,
political and social unrest. It is a monumental task at times to remove oneself
from the painful past and an uncertain future. But for the sake of the communities
we live in, and our children—we must
take that leap of faith i.e. believe in something greater than ourselves,
struggle against all odds, and see beyond living on the edge of nothingness.

This piece entitled “Remove Yourself from the Painful Past and
Uncertain Future” is a reminder of how we must move from one place to another
throughout our lives, both figuratively and literally. Sometimes there is pain involved in that move. I created this piece
back in 2003 when I was going through a period of personal change, and
recollection. It was one of a series of works that reflected on a transitional time
in my life, where I needed to migrate both physically and emotionally. Part of
that process was a physical move from Pennsylvania to South Carolina.
The other part of that move was internal—from a place on the edge of nothingness—to
a place on the edge of everything….

I found that a place on the edge of everything is a beautiful place indeed.

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4 responses

  1. Such an intense piece and so different from what you do now… TY for sharing it. 🙂

    August 19, 2011 at 12:30 am

    • Thanks Liz, my work has taken on a different perspective. I feel it is more exploratory in natur—about the beauty of life, with some hints of the ambiguity as well.

      August 20, 2011 at 8:51 pm

  2. In tough times I imagine a lot of people are questioning their assumptions, doing a little soul searching

    August 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

    • So true David, life presents itself as a path of multiple directions.

      August 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

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