Issue VI was a
collaborative effort every step along the way. Every single piece of
artwork contributed to the whole. The presentation speaks
for itself. Thank you for reading our
journals, enjoy the journey. -Tryst Editor
photo to the left, Swan is by Michael Kenna, one of the featured
photographers in this issue.
© 2003 Michael Kenna
Angelica Houston once said something
along these lines (I am paraphrasing), “I’d rather lead an interesting life than a successful one.” The thought occurred to me is that any life can be interesting and one’s definition of interesting or successful can take on many meanings depending upon where you’re sitting. If you’re sitting on top of the world, I suppose you could consider yourself successful but how interesting could that life be when your vision is obscured by clouds? I'd rather be the one sitting in the bleachers watching life unfolding
as it's happening not knowing the outcome. I love surprises and this issue was a huge surprise not
just because of its contents, which is stunning in itself but because I
dreamed of this day when all my favorite artists could be featured
together in one issue.
Take for example, Michael Kenna. I bought my first book of photos by
Michael at The Earthling bookstore in Santa Barbara over ten years ago. The quaint bookstore with its fireplace no longer exists since Barnes & Noble and Borders, both on the same street, put it out of business. However, the book remains as one of my most cherished works of art. Then there is Yaël Artsi whose sculptures I had first seen in Los Angeles over twelve years ago. Back then I never thought it possible to meet an artist of her caliber much less feature her.
Pauline Brenninkmeijer, while helping me put together Yaël’s feature, dropped another surprise in my lap when she casually mentioned in one of her emails that she had some photos stored on her site. Once I linked to her site, my pulse rate hit the Richter scale. Then there is my dear friend, Carrie Amestoy. That story you’ll have to read for yourself in her feature.
Anymore, I don’t
try to guess what life has in store for me--just when I think I’ve read it all, seen it all, been there, done that, life surprises me with--"think again."
Tryst warmly welcomes back Jim McCurry, Shawnte Orion, Kelley White and Teresa White with fresh work. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to some new faces in this issue: Laurie Joan Aron, John Bryan, Martin Burke, R.T. Castleberry, Debi Faulkner, jason e, John Grey, Louisa Howerow, Ward Kelley, Allen McGill, Seth McMillan, Alex Nodopaka, Scott Thouard and Manuel Yang. A special thank you goes to Tim Baskerville for granting me permission to use his interview he conducted with Michael Kenna. As well, my gratitude to Sharon Gayler Amestoy for allowing me to use her photos for Carrie Amestoy's feature. A new section, Jim's Corner has been added to the News Section. Jim McCurry, a frequent and regular contributor of Tryst, has been in four issues so far and I felt he needed a room of his own so that he could always feel at home. But needless to say, it was ultimately his writing that wooed its way
in the door.
On a last
note, I have phased out the Contributors' Bios page (for now) that has been
present in all the past issues. You may still read each contributor's
on a separate page by clicking on a name at the top of the page, or by clicking on the
bio icon at the bottom of the page.