The flying turtle is a personal spirit animal I invented about a decade ago. I’ve always had the turtle as a spirit animal. I identify with the turtle or tortoise for 3 reasons. I’m slow, but I get there; I carry my entire house with me when I travel (you should see my purse. When I used a walker, I told people I didn’t need the walker so much as wheels for my purse.) And finally, when I go into my shell, you can’t make me come out.
I have other spirit animals — foxes, monkeys — and I identify deeply with trees. I often draw or paint the flying turtle when I feel like I’m too ground down by my fate, or insecure. So this is the first one this year.
This and many other pieces will be at the art show “Shards of Color and Other Broken Things,” at 430 N Cleveland on March 13 and 14, 2020, 5-8 pm. I’ll show my work along with Frankd Robinson, Darlene Newman, M., and TheOuterCircle. Mark Allen will play guitar.
If you’re in Memphis, I hope to see you there. Contact me if you have any questions.
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