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ooh ooh hoo ho ho ho ho ho ho ho ho all native american children michael mcdonald shares his new visions accept this and join in the sense of it's coming out
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is but with the words scientists on my rifle and he was looking forward to some more of my friends my fellow soldiers to shoot at and he suddenly turns head towards me and we were twenty yards apart he looked at me and i could see his eyes i just remember seeing his eyes our eyes met the eyes locked and into seconds we knew what was going to happen i put my
besides of my rifle right at him an inch and at that moment after shooting to my friend who is right behind me said something and so i got up and a grenade rolled into my hand i would go my rifle and i pulled my hand back away from this grenade and explode them to suspend them and i was wondering if this is a piece of the strongman tennessee and what i'm trying to do is block it is and what it is is a woman sitting down on her leave me can see here is the fall a homicide down to here
and the kids will be right in this area and the shoulder is right in here somewhere and the army is out this way the elbows here on kansas way and this kind of song masse here somewhere in there are fingers fingers will be in there somewhere and on this side right here is the face like where in the palm of my hand is in there somewhere is her face what i see when i'm starting a sculpture as it gets his picture in my mind this idea of the stop it formulates in my mind's eye and i developed this ability at this point to to design a sculpture in my hand when i see this great form great shadow yvette serve a body at human body and i can move the arms move the legs
change positions and it's kind of like a y shadowy form that icy so once i get the idea for the piece and then the excitement the energy is building and my hands are hard working very quickly and molding shaping forming out from this picture that my mind sees in my mind's eye and it sends messages down to my fingertips my fingertips field in the material but i'm working with really is this message back to my mind and it tells it there yes no right wrong or whatever's happening when i am working with this so my fingers seem to walk alongside the side in front of them and i'm feeling the stone feeling the crevices what areas i have to remove and as chiseled comes along behind my fingers so removing the stoner
but as time progresses the stone starts to to have this feeling of this form that i'm looking for inside and then it starts to become soft it becomes warmer and becomes now almost sometimes pliable in in the sense that it's starting to take a life and what my hands feel is not only what's on the surface but underneath the surface there are these bones pea and chest cavity i have to feel in there and i know what's going on underneath the surface with a flush is where the bones or and by knowing what's inside them i know it's on the surface of the piece i ain't working darkness and that i don't see anything that there is this this energy this kind of all or tripled force of sorts that's flowing through my fingers into my mind this energy is like an electrical
force one light rain coming down from the sky the lightning starting generating from my mind and shooting down from my arms into my fingertips and has it hits the earth this was political force on this like touching my fingertips if i fall what's this issue through my body into this material in monessen shapes with an amazing intensity force that that's generated this energy that i talk about his visit at another sense at this point i'm a visual imagery is something that my mind the scenes from my fingertips which is a war oleg touch so it's not sign in more than say oh is nonexistent often so it's a single
channel of touch unfeeling an emotion that has taken place things been linked and
when originally made this sculpture i was going to call it when age is no more but then once i put that crow on his shoulder i had to call in the secret because the crow is as friends and when he takes his walks in the early morning or late afternoon the crow comes in lands on his shoulder and tells him secrets of things that you saw during the day some of the secrets that the chrome might be telling the old man is a little boy who stole corn and feel that morning where the two young lovers who were taking a walk or of the young man who killed the deer yesterday that they might go visit today because he might give them to me and the normal sense of being this able i don't think that i and disabled i don't have a disability i don't have time to have a disability because i'm working too much
too hard and i'm having too much fun doing what i'm doing and i haven't got time in my life to think feel this ability to think blind when i was a key and remember fishing on the reservation and judging these little cup throats and i just started sticking them in my pockets and they were very small and a widow in my pockets when i stopped them in there and at the end of the day when i was through phishing and i was taking them out there were all these little fish that were mangled were slimy and my pants were sticky and all this fish group and so i really wanted to take off my pants as well as get rid of the fridge i forget that i'm blind simply because there's no spaces in my life for being blind but then suddenly all come to this point where i'm walking you through the
room and they crash into the wall and he immediately i know i'm blind because i i i pressed into this very very very hard stable thing so disability is a strange thing i think it can be work around gotten rid of ah if we find something that we're excited about with life and then then disability is just destroyed the name of this piece tells deer hunter and the man on the bottom is that clell many plays a part of the hunter and a man over his shoulders is the deer hunter and he's a dancer that the clown shoes with his malone going strong arrows want to shoot him he puts him over our shoulders and the hard part about this piece was getting the balance and the way i got the balance for that house and the answer was that put something up on my
shoulder and the only way to get it done was by putting more you can you and indonesia it's going over again you know idea that i really didn't mean for but i had a large my back backwards to get that balance just right when i was ten years old suddenly i would get a lot of bicycles and i would start writing fall down and leviathan into a tree and feel and whatever's in front of me i would cry but if it invites the flu than i would be no stopping point one hundred and spirit of things it would become non existent as a human as as individual with feelings in loans
it's a challenge and it's a game is whether it turns into the game and whether it can be done where it can't accept this challenge and enjoyment so it's a new way of looking away try and live the sneak a sunni i have a dream from the first time they were heard of michelangelo and saw photos of his work i wanted to see them i wanted to touch them and and i never thought this dream would come true it couldn't possibly
imagine imagine ever having an experience like that one day after a weekend that we would have the papal audience with the pope in rome where all of michelangelo's pieces i thought that could be possible that i could touch and soon after our people audience we went to the chapel on a hillside in rome and the priest opens up this rope takes us into this in her area where the nose is setting and so i crawled around on the most is for like two hours or sell him and looked at him from him to trial and a half hour later walking down the streets in italy i would get flashes of what i had just touched an hour ago so these flashes kept
coming back into my mind this feeling of what had touched the softness of the style the in certain areas of the smooth curve of the stone feeling like flash because it was just amazing moses two years later as i was on top of the scaffolding and started to feel in the game and they started to try and mainstream medium incomes and so as i looked at him
and looked at his eyes the beauty of the earnings his eyelids from chest in the ear decks in the eyes in the corner of the earnings that no one is going to seek and down on the room from the floor or looking on there they are hiding in corners of the islands the year people's the pupils of the eye like france his lips his lips are wary of song of songs so that we can fuel the heart beating pumping pushing this blood through his lips and his lips look like an open in seconds can start talking the veins in his neck guards bolting from a gentleman that he's feeling and
looking and his hands skin was so so so you could feel his heart these testimonies and this flash of them in a prior to looking at michelangelo's pieces i am a car in a car to steal and i could give some life to this piece of stone as far as i was capable at that point in time and place in
my life but after looking at michelangelo's pieces it got a new sense of what stone was about i knew that there was a life factual life in these pieces i knew that those flesh inside that though is that there is that the swarms but i guess i could see before my hands could see but after i looked at it at his pieces i had a new life in my hands i could see twice as much as i could see i i'm trying to propose of movie anyway
thank you a picture will come to my mind it's a great picture of sorts it's not clear picture when i dreamed i dream in color and i guess he's incredible pictures and wondering sometimes i wake up and i'm excited about this whole thing that i just thought i don't always make pieces or sculptures of these things and they see that just the memory stays with me for years and it slowly going biting pohlad of violin look at them sit down concentrate much fun this dream i had about this duck as a mallard and it's coming out of the sky like is getting ready to land on this lake and this dream i was looking at this picture of this dog in the uk that the pictures on the wall and as i looked at this dock all of a sudden this that started to come out of the wall
engineer there and i could see the feathers on that some little brothers here in there which were kind of flopping top been tossed by this tremendous amount of rain that was going through as it came out as i went around to one side and looked at it from that side and i walk around to the other side and looked at it from the other side and there's just that just totally suspended in midair not moving nothing holding it up and i can see the colors and the detail is justin revel is exciting that fine i don't remember if i knew shortly after that it was a dream or not but sometimes i do know that it's a dream and then after i think about that fact that it's a dream than it oh i'm blind i'm not supposed to be able to see it but it's too late i'd seen
this excitement comes from long run from the creative process does i can describe with the creative process is i can tell you are what inspires me i can tell you when i get ideas but this inside this inspiration this this desire that's a lot isn't there i don't know how to explain it i don't know what it is the only way that i could possibly get people to just get an idea that it is his look at my work close your eyes feel it with your hand his hand then maybe you'll know what i feel inside low makes the difference
the london evening then you know the city take care of that you work and you work and making it better the love i have for my wife laurie is really special and the narration take your phone it's great fun and it gets better and i think the same thing with my work i love my where an invite the timing of like an energy and i could always feelings and sign reading feelings and when he has the bung milan for something the desire to make something happen now i have this desire inside and i have these lanterns and then selling it like a marriage and my my work and myself were married and in some crazy when about weight it's a marriage it's a marriage of frustration at a marriage a long it's a narrative
painter it's a marriage of the objects sheree ecstasy then there are days when it when i when i call it spin my wheels there are days of frustration their days of exhaustion i remember times working on this stone piece when it my fingernails down to the very end and i would i would be brushing my teeth at night and it would hurt to coal is to the us and millions of us in it and i forgot that i was supposed to quit three hours ago but i get carried away this desire this lab to create brought me to this point of barely be able to hold this depression and brush my teeth it doesn't come easy so there is something amazing
about this whole process that i just love and that's that i can never ever accomplice finally get done and a thousand years a committed free lifetime i want all three lifetimes to be able to do this and even at the end of that i would never be able to get what i want to get done and that's the nice part about it that's magical thing that it is i'll never be satisfied and you know satisfy it would all be over there wouldn't be anything else to look forward to tomorrow the magic of the girl i love i love my wife i love my kids it's been
implemented in a piece but it's been it's beef burger and this is my new baby ah ah ah and i think so much of what i am today is due to my brother i have this very special relationship with my brother it's a kind of lung cancer billy chu he has a condition a love never have been written
and consequently we didn't gain of ourselves to each other and i remember him following him two worlds and he always wanted to see was over the next hill this one time at santa clara pueblo union he stopped and turned around and asked me vows ok this known albums i use my shoes in and he asked me where you came and i looked at him and this tremendous love that i have for him made me say i'm fine and he smiled at me and he said okay let's go over and see what's on the other side of that hill you
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Michael Naranjo: A New Vision
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KNME-TV (Television station : Albuquerque, N.M.)
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For artists, vision is the most precious ability one has and to lose it would be such a blow that the artist's creative life might end. However, throughout the history of art, there have been many great artists who have worked with profound disabilities. Inspired by memories of his childhood at Santa Clara Pueblo, Michael Naranjo makes beautiful sculptures our of bronze and marble. Naranjo's work is more than sculpture, each piece is a story of determination and working against the odds. When he lost his sight while serving in the Vietnam War, his inner strength spurred him on to create art with a new vision.
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Guest: Naranjo, Michael A., 1944-
Producer: Kruzic, Dale
Producer: Kamins, Michael
Producing Organization: KNME-TV (Television station : Albuquerque, N.M.)
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