The spaces we create with words
Living by stories

Tangles and threads

Machiko Agano

From Eudora Welty's On Writing:

"Writing fiction has developed in me an abiding respect for the unknown in a human lifetime and a sense of where to look for the threads, how to follow, how to connect, find in the thick of the tangle what clear line persists.

Machiko Agano

“Both reading and writing are experiences -- lifelong -- in the course of which we who encounter words used in certain ways are persuaded by them to be brought mind and heart within the presence, the power, of the imagination."

Machiko Agano

Machiko Agano

"We do need to bring to our writing, over and over again, all the abundance we possess. To be able, to be ready, to enter into the minds and hearts of our own people, all of them, to comprehend them (us) and then to make characters and plots in stories that in honesty and with honesty reveal them (ourselves) to us, in whatever situation we live through in our own times: this is the continuing job, and it's no harder now than it ever was, I suppose. Every writer, like everybody else, thinks he's living through the crisis of the ages. To write honestly and with all our powers is the least we can do, and the most."

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The images here are by the Japanese installation artist Machiko Agano. Born in Kobe and trained as a weaver at the Kyoto City University of Arts, she hand weaves her site-specific sculptures using a wide range of materials, including silk, bamboo, and fishing wire.

"I am attracted by the mysterious shapes of nature," she says, "patterns made by the wind on desert sands; shapes of eroded rocks on coastal shores; clouds driven scross the autumn sky. This is my art: the exploration and expression of the fundamentals of nature."

Machiko Agano

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