Origins and History of NFMOA


 
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The Birth of Nadart


(a brief visual summary of the following history)
 


 
 
Background
In the winter of 1971, "Nada Farm" was the name we decided to give to our newly purchased 14 acres of douglas fir, oak, madrone, manzanita , poison oak and steep north slope in central Mendocino County, California. "Nada" is the spanish word for "nothing" and at first, nothing was all we raised on our first homestead. We settled on the name "Nada Farm" because when pronounced it sounded like "not a farm" and that seemed to be a fairly accurate statement.
 
 

Nothing: as word and concept

Nothing both as a word and a concept has intrigued me ever since I was 10 years old. That was when my fifth grade teacher said during a brief discussion of outerspace: "Something is Nothing and Nothing is Something!"
 
 
    Somehow that simplistic tautology pointed to and described the mysteries of reality and consciousness in a way that gripped my prepubescent mind . It seemed to demonstrate to me how the constraints of logical thought and of our propensity for "naming" everything create almost impenetrable barriers that keep us from clearly seeing the world around us as it actually is. Ever since then I have been especially attracted to and aware of the word nothing as it is used in everyday speech. See the Nadatorium , a collection of Sweet Nothings for some examples.
 
 

Nadart

In 1974, I coined the word "nadart" (a combination of "nada" the spanish word for nothing with the word "art") to more accurately describe my creative process and to shift attention onto my creative experience (and the viewer's re-creative experience) and away from the finished art object itself. Since that time, whenever I sign a work, I sign it with the "N-in-a-circle" symbol which stands for nadart.
 
    I do this to remind myself that ART is not the object before me. ART is what was happening while the work was being made. And ART is what happens when the viewer re-creates the work while perceiving it. The art object is merely the physical residue and/or stimulus of creativity; what is left over after the process of making finding and discovering.
 
 

Nada Farm Museum of Archetypes

The phrase "Museum of Archetypes" was discovered in a dream on December 5, 1975. In the dream, I found myself inside a unique museum. It was extremely well-constructed, made of stone and very, very old. It was located in an old Austrian or Swiss city. The wide and dimly lit hallways spread out into a vast network of tableaux, diaramas, and displays. Each was designed to fully and accurately present a specific archetype such as: Sacrifice, Truth, Knowledge, Birth, Death, Compassion, Wisdom, The Fruitful Void or Transformation.
 
 
    I was given permission and the freedom to move about in the Museum of Archetypes. I could go wherever I wanted, study whatever I wanted and spend as much time as I wanted in any exhibit. I had a great time.
 
 
    In 1967, I began consciously searching for an all inclusive form to express and contain all that I cared about. This search took me through such adventures as "The Feeling Of The Book I Always Reached For But Could Never Find," "The Store" and "The Harmony Chamber." But it was not until the very early hours of January 4, 1984 when I dreamed the Epic Dream, the genesis of NFMOA, that these two seminal ideas: "Nadart" and "The Museum of Archetypes" finally came together and the Nada Farm Museum of Archetypes was born.
 
 
 
 
 

Nothing into the World
 
The terms Nada Farm Museum of Archetypesand Nadart serve to remind me of my ongoing commitment to the bringing of nothing into the world as non-violently as possible. Every time I sign my work, read, write or speak the words Nadart or NFMOA or Nada Farm Museum of Archetypes, I am quietly reminded and made aware of the mysteries of being and consciousness.


 
 
 
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