New Boutique & Gallery!

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My company, Maia Gilman Architect PLLC, recently completed interior layout design services for a new boutique and gallery in Chatham, NJ, called Scooch A Mi. Check it out! Owner Ellen Eppie has a full range of creative, colorful, culturally-varied and affordable gifts for the holiday season and beyond. I’m thrilled to contribute the thriving of this local business and hope that you will too.

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Here’s the lovely Ellen at her desk – stop by and say hello!

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Wishing you all the best,

Maia

-www.maiakumarigilman.com

My Art Opening & Book Signing – Tonight!

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One of the best moments of this whole art-and-book work came this morning when I went into the Lundt-Glover Gallery before all the lights had been turned on, and my artwork was hung and level on the walls, readied the day before for tonight’s art opening. Alone with my art and the diffuse skylight-filtered light… this was an immensely satisfying moment.

I made a couple of videos this morning to share with you:

 

 

And the next amazing moment happened just an hour ago, when I was leaving the gallery for a quick errand, and two young women chased after me to ask about my work, life and heritage, after they’d had a sneak peek at the show. We had a buzzy and beautiful chat and I hope I’ve inspired a couple of new writer-painters in the process.

 

And we’re adding a new component to the wine-art-book-music of tonight: a doodling art station where guests can grab an oil pastel or two and doodle away while sipping wine and listening to classical music. It’s going to be fun!

 

Join us if you can – and if you can’t, you can read about it here after.

Lundt-Glover Gallery, Chatham Township Municipal Building, 58 Meyersville Road, Chatham, New Jersey, USA

Opening of Eterna Solo Art Show and book signing of The Erenwine Agenda: Friday, 15 September 2017, 6:30pm-8:30pm (tonight!)

March for Science, March for Magnetism

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Written in support of science and my adopted home country, with an “Every Day is Earth Day” feeling in mind.

Shared with you today. Feel free to click and download, share. The image links to jpeg, pdf and png files of the same.

Art and poem by me. ❤

with love,

Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com

Why I travel

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Why I travel

 

Because I am human, and I inhabit a physical body, my experience of the sacred is automatically spatial. My experience of the spirit translates easily into the architectures of faith. I explore this. I travel.

Because I am human, and because I engage my physical senses at every moment, my understanding of the spiritual is, by nature, a physical one, tested against what I see, hear, breathe, taste, touch, love and feel. Should one or more of these senses be deprived in any moment, the others compensate in an extraordinary pulsation of experience.

Because I am human, and what I primarily know is the physical, my understanding of the spiritual is often relegated to a classification of physical experiences.

The body perceives the understanding of the spirit, thereby making my understanding of spirit a physical one.

Reverse this order.

Know the spirit as the vehicle, the vessel, in which the body is held, delicately, in its form.

What does this change in my understanding?

That the sacred transcends the physical, is not limited by the immediate perceptions of the body.

That because the sacred is all, and the body is contained within in, that the body alone is not sacred, but that everything is.

This knowing is illuminated through travel, and its expansion of the senses.

This is why I travel.

 

-Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com

excerpt from the soon-to-be-released book:

Duct Tape for Kali: a book of travel poems by Maia Kumari Gilman

 

#altopassante

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I’ve been figuring out how to share music with you, because music is important to me. It was a core influence in the writing of The Erenwine Agenda, which is not a book about music. It’s a book about design-thinking. And compassion.

The music carries the reader through the arc of design-thinking.

The music carries the reader through a journey of compassion.

Sound, in outdoor places—the hum of an all terrain vehicle, the whistle of birdcall—the sound of voices, carries the story.

It’s all music.

A phrase popped into my head upon waking this morning, one of those dream-state ideas. I wrote it down and googled it. It captures the essence of what I’m getting at here, even though I cannot find an exactly-perfect translation.

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It’s something like:

flying high. Traveling fast. Tall travel; passing height. Tall passer; passing over, at a height.

And so, this phrase that came to me, will do by way of explanation. #altopassante

A couple of years ago I sat for coffee on Granville Island in Vancouver with a dear friend and we, David and I, discussed this very topic. David and I met as undergraduate students in a post-colonial literature class run by the English Department at the University of British Columbia and was taught by the very smart Aruna Srivastava. Neither David nor I was an English major: I was an Urban Geography student (before Architecture) and David studied Music.

Somewhere in years after that Commonwealth Lit class, those interests of literature, geography and music came together in my work.

This made coffee with David the perfect setup to stumble into a deeper awareness of my involvement with music in literature. David drew a further understanding out of my thought process and made the music make sense to me, at it relates to my own creative process of writing. And I’m thinking of him now as I write this post about waking up with “altopassante” on my mind, because even though he would say “you totally made up that word!” I know David gets the core concept of this flow between music and literature, because he taught it to me.

This is the music that takes characters to that “altopassante” place, that drives a story to a height and then drops, air-pressure-like, to indicate conflict; that rises again with that “altopassante” energy, to arrive us in a newer and clearer place.

This is the music of The Erenwine Agenda:

 

Jascha Heifetz, Bach’s Chaconne from Partita No 2 in D minor 

 Norah Jones, Come Away With Me

Anoushka Shankar, Rise

Psy, Gangnam Style (강남스타일) M/V

Rhos Male Voice Choir – Music From The Welsh Mines

Celia Cruz, Para Decirte Adios

Pat Benatar, Love Is A Battlefield

Bobby McFerrin, Don’t Worry Be Happy

Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Mozart’s Requiem 

Barbara Bonney, Schubert’s Ave Maria

Julia Fischer, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

 

Enjoy!

-Maia

www.maiakumarigilman.com