Desire (v)

early 13c., from Old French desirrer, (12c.) "wish, desire, long for," from Latin desiderare, "long for, wish for; demand, expect," original sense perhaps "await what the stars will bring," from the phrase “from the stars," from sidus, (genitive sideris) "heavenly body, star, constellation.”

I've been thinking so often lately about the Latin word desiderare. It feels ineffably poetic and wholly right that it conveys the longing of being "away from your star."

Sometimes when I'm doing these mixed media pieces, my mind wanders to thoughts of mapping constellations. I marvel at how vast the world is, and how starkly impersonal yet deeply universal all our lives, griefs, and joys seem to be.

Cityscapes, power lines, geographic grids, sacred geometry, webs — these images and others roll through my mind and shape-shift as the work does too.

The sense of connectedness and completion they bring is something I haven't experienced in this particular way before. Lifting the work partly off the canvas creates a extraordinary feeling of ascension of some kind.