Bonjour! I gradually awoke to the smell of my Pike brewing via an alarm set for precisely six o'clock. I wrapped up Brandon and Jennie's going-away gifts for when they move up to Bellingham. It sure is a quaint little town, I'm going to have to make more trips up there soon! The sound of cutting up used wrapping paper makes me shiver, in the best sense. I found most of my rolls of gift wrap from a little shoppe in Pike Place Market run by an elderly woman. She has the best stash! For my outfit today, I chose to wear a red and blue vintage J. Crew button-up with a black light-weight sports jacket from Crossroads. It seemed appropriate, seeing the weather today was such a delight; it was cloudy at first with a smooth transition into clear skies, then blustering winds and a light drizzle. Oh, how I've missed this steady bipolar forecast.
I continued reading The Cashier by Gabrielle Roy while I waited for my laundry. As I read certain passages, I literally felt like Harold Crick from Stranger Than Fiction (2006) where the author narrates his life entirely, right down to the very detail. It was as if my whole life rested in the hands of Gabrielle Roy and I was acting as her precious protagonist Alexandre Chenevert. 'Twas indeed stranger than fiction.
"I don’t know how to answer. I know what I think, but words in the head are like voices underwater. They are distorted."
- Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit
I had about an hour to kill before rushing to work, so I walked over to the Frye Art Museum (I love that I live only four short blocks away) to check out their latest exhibition. It was a gorgeous set of work by Cris Bruch entitled Others Who Were Here. In the exhibition, Bruch extends his investigation of formal aesthetics and material properties with narratives both personal and historical. The sculptures are informed by the artist's observations of the Great Plains, both in the region’s present form and in its past state as recalled through the stories and letters of his parents, grandparents, and others. I especially enjoyed the sheet-covered pieces, because they reminded me so much of my friend Kelly K.'s "Roaming Ghost" series. My favorite part within the Frye is the Salon. Hung floor to ceiling, the paintings capture the atmosphere of the Frye's salon-style exhibitions. I love sitting in the viewer's chair alone and watching others observe and critique the paintings. Each painting is paired with the most gorgeous gold frame, each of them unique. I am also in the process of redesigning my living room area so that one accent wall will have a salon-esque feel to it. I'll update you with results soon!