Tethered I -- 2010

To be tethered is to be restrained, tied down, prevented from moving about freely. And that can feel uncomfortable to those of us whose moving about is usually unrestricted. However, some actions, when totally unrestrained or untethered, can trample the rights of others. So being tethered can also refer to being grounded, in touch with reality, one’s actions balanced by consideration for others and for nature’s limits.

The predominant feelings within a community or culture toward restraint or being “tethered” may help set the tone for economic and social discourse. And problems may arise when one attitude toward restraint gets out of balance with the other.

Tethered 2

Tethered II -- 2010

12 Comments on “Tethered

  1. Excellent post. These two images are stunning. I see one as wanting to float freely and the second as earthy and wanting or having more boundaries.

    Don’t you think that we artists walk tight rope-like on that tether throughout our lives and sometimes fall off on the side of one of these issues, sometimes taking turns between them?

    As a person seeking balance, my approach is to be more dog-like and attempt to apply the Dog Whisperer’s (Cesar Millan’s) advice: Be calm and assertive, exercise and have self-discipline to remain balanced. 🙂

    Really great work!

  2. Thanks, Melinda! It’s interesting that these images were done several months apart, the top one most recently. I agree that striving for balance is a good thing, and sometimes it does feel like walking a tightrope on a tether. Oh, to be more dog-like! (Made me laugh, that did.)

  3. I wrestle with this tether idea. I’m not much of a leash person. At least for myself, I like the idea Melinda said the Dog Whisperer’s advice. I have used that thought at time to remind myself to be grounded and strong calm and assertive. Comes in handy at times who says people aren’t a little bit like wild dogs.

    It’s funny as I look at the first piece I don’t feel uncomfortably teatherd. Maybe it’s the colors I feel balanced. The second one I see myself feeling a little sad. The feeling of the leash frequently makes me want to run away. Take away the tether and I’m happy to stay.

  4. Thanks, Starla. People’s responses to this one are interesting… I have to laugh, you saying you are “not much a leash person”! Take away the tether and you are happy to stay? You know, our little dog is just like that… put on the leash and she pulls and pulls as far as the leash will let her go. But take off the leash and she sticks right close by. Weird… thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

  5. We all know what happens to balloons that float too high … or at least the spy cams do. hee hee!

    What was the second image before being Diddamized? It looks kind of scary.

    The first image looks like it could be a fish in an aquarium.

  6. planetross… so your curiosity gets the best of you today… That top one, while it looks like a balloon, was really a pair of dinghies tied to the dock. They were in the act of floating away and just had to be held back. Same with the bottom one, a piece of driftwood tehtered by a fine stalk of grass. Thanks for visiting!

  7. These are fun! Me thinks Professor Buffnik will NOT suggest more abstraction on these images as you’ve taken them both to abstract land all on your onesies. I like to think about the concept of being restrained and floating at the same time. Of course, I’m an ex-catholic.

  8. Thanks Pat! Perhaps that’s why razzbuffnik’s been quiet… or maybe it’s that business about being restrained? Ex-catholic? I thought it was a lifelong process of being a “recovering” catholic! That’s what my ftriends always told me, anyway.

  9. Great images Don! I think these are the definition of great art…a treat for the eye and stimulating all kinds of thought about life, current events and gardens of the mind…….yes…a tight rope, and so true in light of current happenings around the world!

  10. Hi Robin — and thanks! Yes, I think somehow these found a balance between visual and mental stimulation, but without providing any answers.

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