Maryanne Casasanta

Maryanne Casasanta is an artist educator based in Toronto.
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01    CHANGE: A change you enacted with intention, or one that came from the outside.

Beginning routine tasks with my opposite or less dominate hand or foot. Closing my eyes during repetitious movements, such as brushing my teeth or washing the dishes, and asking the person who makes my coffee or lunch how their day is going.

02    SIMPLE NOURISHMENT: What simply satisfied you? Maybe it was a ten-minute phone call with a friend. Maybe it was a perfectly timed bath. Maybe it was a sandwich.

A steamy scented shower, usually with fresh silver dollar eucalyptus from the corner store or a custom made oil blend with rosewood, neroli, black spruce, ylang ylang, and rose otto. I like to burn that one on cooler nights by placing it by the window so that it catches a bit of the outside breeze. Also, bitter dark chocolate with hot fennel tea so that it gets a little melty in my mouth.

03    NEW TO YOU: What did you do for the first time, as a beginner or simply with a new sense of openness?

My pride makes it difficult for me to ask others for help, or for reassurance. But the truth is, friends are constantly reminding me to let them know when I need them, so I am attempting to put this into practice and lean into a new trust around being held. A girlfriend of mine tied a string around my wrist as a reminder and promise to her and myself that I am not bothering anyone.

04    ABUNDANCE: What was plentiful?

Opportunities for collaborating with others that are ongoing, both creatively and professionally.
Opportunities to express love, care, and gratitude toward many small moments on the daily.

05    LOSS: What was lost, what are you mourning? Maybe it is minor. Maybe it was more of a simplification than a “loss.”

I initially thought that my answer to this question was going to be summer because I was so busy managing work and creative projects back to back leaving little to no time for vacation or much socializing. But after a few sleeps, I don't think I see that as a loss now. It was actually pretty cool. I haven't lived a productive time like that in long while...plus, I got to spend most of it making art with artists I admire.

06    MYSTERY: Describe a mystery from the last month. What happened that you can’t explain?

Connections with others that fade out for no evident reason or maybe for a number of reasons. I'm not sure. And also the opposite of that, when old connections re-enter your life after some time apart. Not exclusive to last month, just in general.

07    FRONT BURNER LIST: What was read, watched, seen, listened to? Any colors, tastes, sensorial details that stand out?

I went to art school for film and video in the early 2000s and at the time we were experiencing the shift between analog and digital technologies. I recently used analog video for an installation and revisited a lot of older video art for research. I decidedly really love the look of tube tvs for showing art.

I've been listening to H. Takahaski's recordings and reading Pauline Oliveros' "Deep Listening, A Composers' Sound Practice."

08    PROPORTION: A specific moment that reminded you of the scale of the universe, that you are part of a greater whole. An outdoor shower in the mountains. A particular drive at night. Reading a certain quotation at the right time.

I have two moments:

Observing this amazingly harmonious and complementary synthesis of ideas around art making, my job as an educator and my research in art curriculum as a graduate student. All essentially involve working in tandem, alongside others, in collaboration, through a process of trust and negotiation.

When my dad died a couple of years ago, my mom, brother and I lost our fourth, our strongest team member. For awhile, three was a hard number and I was fixated on our missing link. This was a rough moon cycle for my family but we persevered and now I'm discovering that three, the triangle, is incredibly formidable.

 

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