collages by Selena Dixon • Empty Mirror

The title of this artist’s book is River Stories. It visually considers the events that might flow in and through a life. Some images cover two pages while others are single pages. Each page has a story. Knowledge and relationships are a large part of the story. The river serves as the metaphor of flowing…

Twelve Collages by Bill Wolak • Empty Mirror

The joy of collage is finding the endless connections between seemingly unrelated things. In some collages, the juxtaposition of ordinary with the delirious diversity of dream imagery forces the mind to make contact with the marvelous. Each collage is an invitation to view the world differently. What is most unexpected suddenly becomes as familiar as…

Desert Alignment • Empty Mirror

Nothing is born, nothing dies. Nothing to hold on to, nothing to release. Samsara is nirvana. There is nothing to attain. When we realize that afflictions are no other than enlightenment, We can ride the waves of birth and death in peace, Traveling in the boat of compassion on the ocean of delusion, Smiling the…

Four poems translated from the Sanskrit by Brishti Guha • Empty Mirror

after / credit: deTranslator’s note:These poems from the Sanskrit “Gathasaptashati” are attributed to King Hala, a first-century AD ruler of the Satavahana dynasty in ancient South India. Hala’s version was in Prakrit, which was later rendered into Sanskrit. I have translated from the Sanskrit. Ushnani nihshvasan kila shayanardhe kimiti mama parangmukhyah Manasamapyanushayataha pradeepya prishtham pradeepyasi.…

Three collages by Alicia Cole • Empty Mirror

An entirely self-taught artist, Alicia Cole works in collage, drawing, fabric/embroidery, mixed media, works on canvas, and sculpture. While many of her drawings, paintings, mixed media, collage works, and works on canvas were created in hospitals, mental health centers, or homeless shelters, documenting hospitalization, mental health, and the shelter system, this body of collage, these…