Winged Fox Enterprises
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"We seem to have forgotten that the humanist and the scientist or the artist and the mathematician have a great deal in common, a zone of creativeness, in which the intuitive imagination, working with either symbols or words or signs, arrives at its goal, both of them moving toward a supreme beauty and a stern perfection."
-- P. G. Ruggiers: The Humanities --
"We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between a causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas. Meditation is therefore the art of suspending verbal and symbolic thinking for a time, somewhat as a courteous audience will stop talking when a concert is about to begin."
~~ Alan Wilson Watts (1915 - 1973)
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. The striving to free oneself from this delusion is the one issue of true religion. Not to nourish the delusion but to try to overcome it is the way to reach the attainable measure of peace of mind.”
~~ A letter written to Dr. Robert S. Marcus on February 12, 1950 by Albert Einstein
These days I mostly make art because I must. It is imperative that I find ways to express my creative urges.
Not long ago I applied to the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York for their "Central New York Artist Initiative" and was not selected to participate. I have slightly edited my application and offer it here as a commentary on how I feel about the art I make. I hope you will enjoy this summary presentation which demonstrates the growth of my work as an artist over many years.
However, I am always willing to discuss taking on work by commission for those interested in something within my skill set. Depending on your desired level of collaboration we can design something exactly to suit, or you can leave it all up to me. I am also very flexible as to wages: If you supply all or some of the materials, that will definitely reduce the amount I'd ask by way of compensation. Sometimes I will accept barter rather than cash. Making the purchases of raw materials yourself also guarantees that you get exactly the colors, quality, and types of inputs you desire in the creation of the finished artwork.
I am also available for hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and lectures as well as original research on a wide variety of topics. Any assignment of that nature is fully negotiable. Written contracts and 50% fee up front.
See some of my completed projects here:
So, you can see that I make ceramics, beadwork, paper crafts and book arts, and I do photography and leatherwork. Feel free to contact me by e-mail and open a dialog about a collaborative design project to suit your needs and budget. Inquiries regarding archival quality photographic prints on paper or camvas, also welcomed.
You might also find the work I have been doing for the last several years, whereby I translate my original art work -- through the use of digital photography -- into fashions accessories, of interest. The results are custom made to order and are available for purchase at: https://shopvida.com/collections/rebekah-tanner.
Surviving is unacceptable, mere resilience is tolerable, and imagining transformation is only the beginning. As a wordsmith working in the medium of creative non-fiction my goal is to forge tools of healing by interrogating both self and society. Much like turning over a stone to reveal the squirming, fleeing, insect life beneath it I use writing to create a radiant burst of post-traumatic joy so profound that the disempowering, people-pleasing, habitual survival skills of yesteryear are destroyed beyond remembrance.
© Rebekah Tanner, October 5, 2019One of several essays written and / or in the works that are based on raw materials drawn from the back and forth correspondence between my Mother and myself (1971 – 1996) and my personal journals. "Post-traumatic Joy" uses a slice of time approach to explore transitions in thought and behavior during early retirement. By hearkening back to that awful annual school assignment: “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” the focus here is on taking an inventory of my own becoming as I discover new feelings of freedom as I age.
In 2019 I applied for an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. I was not one of the fortunate 3% of applicants to be selected. Nevertheless, focusing so intensely on my writing for such an extended period and enlisting the support of generous volunteer editors was a great experience. "Post-traumatic Joy" was my submission in the Creative Non-fiction category, and the following document, "Two Poems" was (obviously) for the Poetry category
© Rebekah Tanner, 2019
About My Ceramics and Photos of My Ceramics
My independent study project for Trauma and Loss, PSY 599-033,
3rd Quarter, 2015 with Dr. Karen Wolford, Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Trauma
Studies Certificate Program, SUNY Oswego:
Other pages I have created:
My kind-of-blog articles on topics that interest me such as: on being a caregiver, living and loving art, resiliency, and the transitions of retirement can now be found (as Yogi Berra would say) at:
ARCH Library: Aging Consultation Resources and Help from the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Just something beautiful:
Please also visit The page where my spouse keeps details about all of her book reading and reviewing at ROKINREV REVIEW - ANDREA STOECKEL: AVOCATIONAL READER AND REVIEWER , as well as her archived site that she has not updated in... well, years and years. THE ROCKINREV REVIEW. She had put a huge effort into it and it has some amazing links to religious (primarily Protestant) sites, then-current events (she is a news junkie!) and some other pretty interesting stuff.
Latest Revision: 10 February 2022.