Paige Bradley’s masterpiece entitled Expansion is a beautiful woman seeking inner piece but fractured and bleeding with light. “From the moment we are born, the world tends to have a container already built for us to fit inside: a social security number, a gender, a race, a profession,” says Bradley. “I ponder if we are more defined by the container we are in than what we are inside. Would we recognize ourselves if we could expand beyond our bodies?”
When I was fourteen my parents bought me a used telescope and I took that telescope and put it on the roof of my parents house in Southern California. I would spend hours at night looking at Saturn’s rings and thought: ‘Wow, you can see Jewelry, in space. That’s crazy, right?’
Jupiter had four moons and you could see the moons going around, it was like a merry-go-round - in space! Nature made this! Then I learned about many other things, the Andromeda Galaxy with it’s 200 billion stars that’s outside our Milky Way Galaxy. I could see, even with my naked eye, this whole pinwheel of 200 billion stars…
The universe is so beautiful with its jewelry and merry-go-rounds and distant pinwheels. It’s so enormous that you can’t just conceive how large the universe is. Our brains can barely comprehend how large the earth is. I realized that this is a beautiful thing, the universe. We are part of it. Here on the earth we live our little lives, we get up in the morning, we have drama, we do the best we can in life and we’re struggling every day. The universe is so much bigger, we’re just this little tiny speck and I just wanted to learn everything I could about the big picture and see how we, on the earth, fit in.
You cannot use someone else’s fire. You can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe that you have it.
The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.