Finnish artist Tony Sjöman works on an almost-finished mural, located on the fifth
floor of a new luxury residence at 277 5th Avenue.
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to participate in a studio tour organized by the American Scandinavian Society. Sjöman showed us several of his murals that are in walking distance from his studio. We ended the tour by returning to his studio for a Q&A session and a few bubbly drinks. A lovely time was had by all!
2019.September.28/New York City
New York, NY
Knee-deep in obscurity, a man of indeterminate middle age wearing
a mustard-colored mackintosh stands poised to answer the front door.
He’s politely swiped matchbooks from almost every bar that he’s been to.
Bewildered by orchards of anxiety, he builds bridges of sticks, one chain
at a time, whirling each piece between his thumb and forefinger before
setting it in place.
In a massacre of time and good taste, the man sips on his seventh
cup of instant coffee in two hours. Brimming with unease, jittery
hands make lilting loops in the morning light,
Two mandarin oranges and a sprig of indigo plant rest on a
square of silk that has been hand dyed with indigo leaves.
The square is the end result of an indigo dying workshop
that I attended yesterday at Brooklyn’s Old Stone House.
A starling surveys the surroundings in Battery Park/New York City
A leaf that was collected last autumn sits on a radiator by itself.