Author Archives: Heather Napualani Hodges

THE HIERARCHY OF GRIEF and THE POSSIBLE IMPOSSIBILITY OF EMPATHY

“This is generous, for to be close to her pain has always felt like a privilege to me, even though pain could be defined as that which we typically aim to avoid. Perhaps this is because she remains so generous within hers, and because she has never held any hierarchy of grief, either before her […]

WHAT DO WE DO WITH OUR BLUE?

(click on photo to see more self-portraits by the artist, Christian Hopkins. They are gorgeous–eerie, strangely familiar.) Art created while INSIDE of depression. ** Brings to mind the act of suffering as being (at times) a kind of performance. An enactment of grief. Is “suffering” different once it’s made “public”? How does one “perform” suffering? […]

Considering the function of MONOCHROME

“… A single hurt color and an arrangement in a system to pointing. All this and not ordinary, not unordered in not resembling. The difference is spreading.” –Gertrude Stein but , this time with red. What is the function of monochrome? In Bluets? Beyond? Monochrome as fixation, obsession, distillation, neuroses. A method to “keep disorder […]

THE LITTLE PRINCE

(click on photo to link to site) In relation to hybrid-genre, and memoir. TO CONSIDER: Q: What do we do with that which confines us? A: Tilt the axis, create a new plane of perspective, a new form, a new set of rules–a separate gravity. Reframe. Again, again. This is Luka. “Luka suffers from muscular […]

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WALK IN THE RAIN AND NOT GET WET?

(click on photo for more on this installation) Can you write about grief/suffering/anything really, without re-experiencing it? How does one write from within a state? How does one write from outside of it? Can you tell the difference? If not to get wet, then what is the point of walking through the rain? In attempting […]

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability (TEDtalk)

Take 20 minutes. Sit down with a beverage of your choice, turn off your phone, empty your bladder, ignore those you love (if only for a moment) so you can learn to love them a little better. Seriously. This particular TEDtalk changes people. A fantastic companion to Bluets. Vulnerability. Empathy. What it means to be […]

MOMENTS

WARNING: THIS VIDEO MAY MAKE YOUR EYES MOIST. Before watching, to consider: What is a “moment”? What is a “fragment”? A piece of the whole, or a whole unto itself? How important is it to string moments together to create a narrative? Is that necessary at all? Is it a human tendency/compulsion to attempt cohesion– […]