Fragile Balance

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#artchalenge555 Week 5: Fragile Balance #makersplaceco
I cannot create or write about the Fragile Balance without relating it to Argentina. I was born and I live in this country that, in this week, is just living a Fragile Balance again.
We Argentines lived many decades ago in a situation where the balance … (read more)

#artchalenge555 Week 5: Fragile Balance #makersplaceco
I cannot create or write about the Fragile Balance without relating it to Argentina. I was born and I live in this country that, in this week, is just living a Fragile Balance again.
We Argentines lived many decades ago in a situation where the balance is just a sigh, we breathe, we despair and we try to build on the imbalance.
At my age it is another crisis of so many lived. When I hear how other countries like the United States or Europe live without inflation, without shocks, with 30-year mortgage loans, I listen, I admire but I don't know what it means. We live in shock, always on the edge of the precipice, the most expensive taxes, the immense country risk, inflation accompanies us 60 years ago. Devaluation, poverty rates, corruption, drug trafficking, bribery, is a very long list of hopelessness.
We have swung in a fragile balance between authoritarianism, de facto governments, populism, liberalism, always turning the same circle, living in democracy or not. And we do not learn.
And yet we are born, we grow and die. We built families and some manage to have the land and the apartment. We travel to Europe, we buy in Miami and we feel rich and we also feel poor.
And we get used to looking poor and we get angry with the country, with the government, with the union ... with everything and everything, and we complain but in that existential, political, commercial, international chaos that we consider our balance ... fragile ... we are happy.
And we shout the goal and invite you to eat barbecue with friends or have a coffee after work and laugh and cry.
The fragile Argentine equilibrium is ultimately the fragile equilibrium of all, of you too. Life itself.
For all this, that fragile dancer tries to balance herself while walking slowly on a turtle that symbolizes eternity while my flag cries, tears apart, to the beat of a musical pizzicato.

No puedo crear o escribir sobre el Frágil Balance sin relacionarlo con Argentina. Nací y vivo en este país que, en esta semana justamente, está viviendo otra vez un Frágil Balance.
Los argentinos vivimos hace muchas décadas en una situación en donde el equilibrio es apenas un suspiro, respiramos, desesperamos e intentamos construir en el desequilibrio.
A mi edad es otra crisis más de tantas vividas. Cuando escucho cómo otros países como Estados Unidos o Europa vive sin inflación, sin sobresaltos, con créditos hipotecarios a 30 años, escucho, admiro pero no sé qué significa. Vivimos sobresaltados, al borde del precipicio siempre, los impuestos más caros, el riesgo país inmenso, la inflación nos acompaña hace 60 años. La devaluación, los índices de pobreza, la corrupción, el narcotráfico, los sobornos, es una lista muy larga de desesperanza.
Hemos oscilado en frágil equilibrio entre autorizarismo, gobiernos de facto, populismo, liberalismo, girando siempre el mismo círculo, viviendo en democracia o no. Y no aprendemos.
Y sin embargo nacemos, crecemos y morimos. Construímos familias y algunos logran tener el terreno y el departamento. Viajamos a Europa, compramos en Miami y nos sentimos ricos y también nos sentimos pobres.
Y nos acostumbramos a mirar pobres y nos enojamos con el país, con el gobierno, con el sindicato... con todo y por todo, y nos quejamos pero en ese caos existencial, político, comercial, internacional que consideramos nuestro equilibrio... fragil... somos felices.
Y gritamos el gol e invitamos a comer asado con amigos o tomar un café a la salida del trabajo y reímos y lloramos.
El frágil equilibrio argentino es en definitiva el frágil equilibrio de todos, de vos también. La vida misma.
Por todo esto, esa frágil bailarina intenta equilibrarse al andar pausado de una tortuga que simboliza la eternidad mientras mi bandera llora, se desgarra, al compás de un pizzicato musical.


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Mabel Orellana
2019/08/18

Excelente amiga!. Impresionante interpretación!. Así somos, pero a pesar de todo, la vida es bella!

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Norma Xelda Jara
(creator)
2019/08/19

Qué alegría encontrarte por aquí. Gracias por tu comentario y encantada de que estés en este lugar hermoso que trasunta belleza artística de todos los artistas!

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The longer I watched this, the more it made me smile!!! Ha! (I'm still worried that it's all going to come crashing down, though... Neurotic, non-logical fears are difficult to overcome...)

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Norma Xelda Jara
(creator)
2019/08/19

You always have to keep looking forward beyond fear and despair. This work owed me, I needed to make catharsis and the phrase was a great motivator. Thanks for your comment.

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It's wonderful that through your art you can express your feelings for your children and their children and your country. Your image conveys the balance needed when it seems that time is almost standing stoically still and yet the music tells us we must greet each new morning with joy and love ~ And join with the light that will always inspire the dance of Life to continue. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎

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Norma Xelda Jara
(creator)
2019/08/19

Alison, I agree with your words. I am glad that the inspiring message of continuing to build with hope and think about our legacy has arrived.

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Gala Mirissa
2019/08/18

I love It! Super sensitive!

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Norma Xelda Jara
(creator)
2019/08/19

Thanks to your didactic tutorial I could do it my admired Gala. You were present while doing it.

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Gala Mirissa
2019/08/19

Me encanta las ganas que tienes de crecer y aprender , y el espíritu con el que trabajas

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Forlenza
2019/08/17

Love it!

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Norma Xelda Jara
(creator)
2019/08/17

Thank you very much!

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Even though the world around us is different, I can only imagine the hardships you have to go through. As fragile as yours is, in my eyes; it is rather unfair.

As Peterson Jordan says; In bad times, the world creates strong people. Strong people create good times. Good times create weak people. Weak people create bad times...

I'm glad you have found balance during times where it almost impossible to keep your head up.

Powerful post,
Ruben

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Norma Xelda Jara
(creator)
2019/08/17

Thanks for your words. I am strong, fundamentally a survivor, but I am tired of seeing the same story repeat. I have my life almost done, my daughters and grandchildren worry me.

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Words that came to mind; "Nothing should be taken for granted", that is exactly what you have taught your daughters by being a survivor during these dramatic times.

I once wrote about "repetition is the key to our own destruction"... It has been years since I've written and read it, but it does make its marks.

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Norma Xelda Jara
(creator)
2019/08/17

Very good sentence! And it is logical, to repeat ourselves is that we learned nothing. Thank you for sharing your words and reflections, nice to meet you.

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ruth allen
2019/08/16

The story with this piece is just plain incredible writing. Life can be so hard, but yes we can still invite someone to coffee to laugh and cry. I love this so much. I see a lot of things I hoped would be different when I was an “adult” but still I try to focus on the things I can be grateful for. Thank you for sharing these words with everyone. :)

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Norma Xelda Jara
(creator)
2019/08/17

"In my years I wish to convey calm, not wonder, because in art what endures is emotion." This is a phrase by Raul Soldi, an Argentine painter who marked my way of painting. If you don't know it, I invite you to discover it.
www.soldi.com.ar

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ruth allen
2019/08/17

Thank you!! I look forward to this!

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Indrani Mitra
2019/08/16

Wonderful work Xelda. I love the way you have translated the words to your creation and interpretation. It is really amazing how the human spirit rises above the troubles and celebrates life .

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Norma Xelda Jara
(creator)
2019/08/16

I had trouble solving the fund I had told you and it was because my flag was missing. It was difficult to do this work because I played very closely. Thanks for your words. Now I will read your story that is always so meaningful to me. We share the same way of seeing life, looking forward even if it costs us.

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Mike Butler
2019/08/16

What a great interpretation of this weeks theme! Love it!

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Norma Xelda Jara
(creator)
2019/08/16

Thank you very much Mike Butler. For me this challenge connected me with the situation in my country. It has been a very difficult week. It was hard for me to solve it and I had to include my torn flag almost at the end because I needed to express my disappointment and sadness towards the direction my country can take and I'm afraid, I can't help feeling it.

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