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Interview with Merideth Kaye Clark

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Which comes easier, lyrics or melody? Why? Usually, which comes first?

You know, I’ve thought about this question before, and I’m not sure I have a clear answer. I will have an idea for a song – or some emotion or event that I want to explore with music. Usually a musical phrase will come to me – lyrics and melody included. But it’s just one little fragment or piece of the song. I’ll take that idea and develop it. From there, the music comes more easily than the words…

What/who is your muse? What inspires you? What do you do to put yourself into a creative frame of mind?

I am not a disciplinarian. I do not do what I am supposed to do and write every day. I am cursed with the notion of productivity in life- and I often have a “to do” list a mile long that I use to pull me away from my writing. So I task-master and fool myself into get everything in my life organized… once I’m satisfied and I have exhausted my procrastination- I’ll sit, quietly, with a pen and blank piece of paper and my guitar, and I’ll start. And then I give myself the gift of time.

For you, what happens emotionally/spiritually when you perform? Are you calm, nervous, on auto pilot?

I try to reconnect myself to the moment I wrote the song. What/who was I thinking of? What are the images that come to mind when I say these words? In performance I am usually visualizing the people, places, or moments that inspired the song. Therefore, performing is a very emotional experience for me. I am never on auto-pilot… but sometimes, yes, I am nervous. Mostly about whether or not I am connecting with my audience. Less, now that I am maturing, about how I sound.

Music involves both the process of receiving, opening, taking in and of giving, projecting. There is a dynamic exchange in music making. Which is more of an important part of your creativity? Taking in new ideas, material, inspiration or projecting your own music?

Huh. I think I would answer this differently depending on the day. Today, more important is the taking in. Tomorrow, perhaps, sharing. I believe in the flow- and I can’t have one without the other.

Talk to us about creativity. Where does it come from? What is it? How is it expressed? Are all people creative?

I don’t know. Honestly. But I have my ideas…

We give art back to the world, because we enjoy so much what we take from it. Those who create have a certain sensitivity to that. Creativity comes from the energy of trying to answer life’s questions. Therefore, all people are creative. Whether it is expressed in the creation of a song or painting- or in how a parent pieces together a busy family schedule, there is creativity in every person’s daily life. Some are just moved to figure out how to transfer that creative energy into a medium to share with others.

We read on your web page that you are also an actor How does being an actor inform your music? How are acting and performing one of your original songs similar or different?

Being an actor has given me the tools to practice empathy. I am challenged in my work on stage to see things from many perspectives. Knowing that there are infinite ways to see the world- validates mine!

When I perform another artist’s material, I am forced to try to understand their intention. Then, I bring to that my life experience. When I am performing my songs I can skip the step of trying to understand the intention… but there is a little more at sake for me in this circumstance because I am sensitive to whether or not I am being understood.

It appears that you have done a fair amount of collaborative work in your career. Acting by its nature is a collaboration, yes?. How easy is it for you to work with other creative people and to interpret and integrate their ideas into your work?

I love to collaborate… when I have good collaborators! I find it better to work, interpret, and integrate others’ ideas into my work- and I prefer it. For me, creating is communicating. What better way to test your communication than by having others to bounce ideas off of, or to tell you your being too esoteric, or to fuel the fire, or fill in holes…

How important is fame to you? Why?

I’d like to say it isn’t important at all… but I think I’d like to be ‘famous’ enough that people want to help me make a living with my music!

Which is more important to you in your creative work, affecting a small number of people on a deep level or a large number of people on a more superficial level?

Is this a trick question? Because for me the answer is pointedly obvious: If I make one person other than myself think, or connect to, or feel something they’ve never felt before, I am happy.

What would life be like for you if you anonymously (or accidentally) created the most beautiful song ever heard by man or woman, never got credit for it at all, but lived your life knowing that it had enriched the lives of millions?

That would be fine by me…

If there was a single message, a single sentence that you could tell your audience, as a piece of your personal wisdom, what would it be?

Set a goal – then do something, no matter how big or small, to move you toward that goal every single day.

Music by Merideth Kaye Clark

Beautiful Silence

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Shine On

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Trip to the Moon

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An interview with Alicia Hunsicker

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Alicia Hunsicker’s art has a gentleness and a precision that  weaves disparate themes and icons seamlessly and with remarkable effectiveness.

We are drawn into a thoughtful world where we are asked deep and meaningful questions and where we are shown the exquisite fragility of life.

Delicate eggs are suspended in perfect balance. Impending movement, breakage, loss and birth are all at play in the still and silent world of her compositions.

There is a delicious mystery and magic to these images.

We are pleased to feature the work of Alicia on Healingwheel this week and invite you to visit her website at

After spending an afternoon looking at Alicia’s paintings and sculptures we interviewed her to find out more about the visionary young artist and what makes her create.

HW:  What inspires you most?

AH:  What inspires me changes as my point of perception changes.  I try to use what I feel passionate, joyful, and curious about as my guide.   As I change and grow my work evolves as well.  Currently I am inspired by light, transparency, color, contrast, and multi-layered meaning.  I have also been interested lately in the Golden Mean and certain patterns/maps of the physical body that can be transcendent into the spiritual/energetic realm.  For example a map of acupuncture points on the human body or a palmistry hand diagram. These are the places where the spiritual/energetic world and the natural world intersect.

HW:  Do your paintings exist more in the creation of the art or the viewing of them? To what degree are you telling a story and to what degree are you asking the viewer to interpret their own story?

AH:   I am painting my life experiences. At times my own questions are being answered by what results from this process.  It is not necessary that the viewer know my own story for the work to have relevance.  The viewer brings their own unique perspective to the viewing experience.  The symbols I incorporate into my paintings often possess the possibility of multiple meanings. They are in a sense Multi-dimensional and layered with meaning.

HW:  There is an otherworldly quality to your work, almost a sort of religiousness. What moves you to create these themes?

AH:  I often feel as though I have a foot in two worlds at the same time the spiritual and the natural. The place where the two intersect is where I generate my imagery from. My paintings often have an iconic feel because of the archetypal symbolism I use and from the central placement of the imagery. AH:  I do believe that in honoring my own creative divinity and consciously exposing my unique perception of these worlds that a sense of sacredness and authenticity shines through.

HW:  Can you share with us something about your own spiritual journey?

AH:  I believe we all have a unique divine spark in us that drives us to expression. I believe that we are all connected but are here to expose and share the unique manifestation of the divine source that we carry inside ourselves. We are the leading edge of the expanding universe. We are the hands of the creator. I create art to express this essence, and my connection to it all.  Painting is the only voice I have found that comes close. When I hang a painting for public viewing and I feel a sense of exposure, I know I have expressed this and I feel I have accomplished my intention.

HW:  You play a lot with balance and with stillness and with suspension. Tell us about the suspense in the suspension.

AH:  In this series specifically, I was exploring the concept of the nature of duality although that wasn’t apparent as I first started the work.  I was originally interested in exploring light and darkness and realized quickly that there was much in-between that could be addressed as well.  I began to incorporate grey into my painting palette and noticing the grey areas in my life where I was not comfortable.  The Pendulum imagery was a direct result of that realization. The string is often entering the canvas from the sky indicating that it is being held by something larger than myself, a divine source perhaps.  Balance is a central theme in most of my work whether I am exploring the masculine/feminine, light/darkness, earth/sky, micro/macro, internal/external, etc. I am always striving for balance and a connection with the divine source.

HW:  Looking at your work invites me to interpret a subliminal message, to read a story that you have written into your work. HW:  Your painting, “Duality” seems to be as much a tale of the life experience as it is a painting. Do you consciously set out to deliver these messages or are they subconsciously percolating through your images?

AH:  There are elements of my process that are conscious, but the deeper I go into the creative process; the more the subconscious takes over.  I don’t set out to deliver a specific message to the viewer, but my choices in the objects that I use for symbolism tend be archetypal and are a result of my life experiences.

I trust the power of the creative process to infuse the work with meaning and that the way the finished piece is perceived will vary from person to person based on their own life experiences.

HW:  Where do you see your work going from here?

AH:  I am currently working on 2 new series of images.  The first series explores the concept of Inherent Divinity.  These works are mixed media on paper.  The second series which I am in the planning and research stages of will be exploring Orbs. I will be starting this series of paintings during my month long residency at Vermont Studio Center this July.

HW:  How has becoming a parent affected your creative process?

AH:  While I use images of nests, eggs, and pelvis’ that may be read as birth related, I would say that for me these symbols are not directly related to my experience as a parent.  They are more expressive of my interest in the feminine energy and that of creation.  Although, I will say that when I was pregnant with my son, I found that the physical reality of carrying a male child and experiencing that connection did change my work.  It inspired a new interest in me to incorporate the masculine into my paintings for the first time and strive for a balance between the two energies (feminine/masculine).

Alicia Hunsicker
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Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides;
all things rise and fall; the pendulum swing manifests in
everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the
measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.
“Everything is Dual; everything has poles; everything
has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same;
opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree;
extremes meet; all truths are but half-truths;
all paradoxes may be reconciled.”
~The Kybalion.
(A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece )