Marcie Rendon, citizen of the White Earth Nation—mother, grandmother, recipient of the 50 over 50 Award 2018 from AARP MN. I should have gotten older sooner. My novel, Murder on the Red River, won the 2018 Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, and was a 2018 Western Writers of America’s Spur Award Finalist for Contemporary Novel. The second novel in the series will appear in 2019. What took me so long to get to this point of creative production? Family and community arts activism have pulled my attention over the years. It is all good and an honor to be alive.
Slow slow motion of brown, red bodies
Birds float, fabric on wall
Brown, black braids move, pulse
Ocean birds mating
Gentle washing tides
Sacred water erases footprints
Clean pure water
Sand moved from there to here
Tiny movement, heart beating
Thunder beings talk
Living in the realm of never
Land erupts with loving
Breaking ice moves life
Ice rages, wind expounds
All things change, live, die, live
There is silence inside of silence inside of silence
you carry me
call nothingness into somethingness
creating you into existence
I attended the September open rehearsal of Weave. It was an honor to attend and an act of trust on the part of the artists to open themselves to audience while in the process of creating, forming, shaping, becoming the piece, not yet ready for full production.
Brown, red, black bodies moved with fluidity, filling the space reminiscent of the sand and liquid shifting in sandscape sculptures. There was music and the sound of feet on hardwood floor with a backdrop of visual images that filled the walls. Sitting in the studio I felt immersed in the production as the dimensionality of the whole enveloped all the senses.
Rosy Simas understands water. She understands the human is water. That water is human. That understanding becomes movement in Weave.