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IMA(n) art beast

My original thought was that this experience on the island would be a relaxing retreat where i could cleanse my mind and be free from distractions.  I’ve been feeling uncomfortable because i have not been getting my solitude because every time i move there are a crowd of people watching to see what i am going to do.  There has been the recognition that we are pieces of art and a part of the exhibition but i never understood what that meant until now.

There is always a crowd watching the island from all over the lake.  When i step out onto the porch i can hear people say “look! i see him, there he is, what’s he doing?”  They scream hello, i wave and they say, “he waved, did you see it, he waved!”

It’s not a celebrity feeling, i feel more like an animal at the zoo.  At first this upset me because i really wanted some spiritual time off, but now i’m into embracing my inner zoo animal.  It means i can act as weird as i want and it’s ok because i’m island man.  I’ve taken to scurrying away from crowds and not letting myself feel bad for not interacting with everyone. they are stumbling into my “natural” habitat and much like the mighty mountain goat, i can not be expected to preform on the hour.  Most of the time i’m still normal mike, but i’m starting to get into the performance side of this experience.

3 Responses to “IMA(n) art beast”

  • Lynn Says:

    Go for it! You and Jess can be as crazy as you want to be! I think it seems best to do tours early before the heat gets to you. Enjoy your project and let us followers know if there is anything we can do to help you two out. I am excited to hear how your cooking adventures go, and see what you accomplish artistically while there. Keep up the good work. People are loving it!

  • Tom Says:

    Don’t bite anyone.

    Just yet.

  • Fan Says:

    Whoever the guy is back in all the foliage – Watch Out for Poison Ivy!!
    Leaves of Three, Let it Be.

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