Bitter Herbs

Marc Tasman. 2021. About Bitterness. [Digital Arts]

Artist Statement: About Bitterness--we know it has a tendency to bite back. That doesn’t mean that you have to hold lingering resentment about it. Try experiencing what else bitterness has to offer: Refreshment and a call to alertness; a heightened sense of the brightness of things and the dark, earthy undertones hidden below those high notes in herbal potions. Clearing out, like a clarion call; forceful and strong; a real zing-zinger. Sharp, tart, acerbic with aromatic compounds of a botanical matter. Coniferous, medicinal, vegetal, savory. But don’t fixate on the burning. Let the bitter herb teach you how to let go of those caustic vapors. And please always wear your protective personal equipment when processing potent plants

Artist Bio: Marc Tasman is an Intermedia artist focusing his research-creation on the strengths of social technologies to create meaning in culture. He is currently director of the interdisciplinary Digital Arts and Culture and a Senior Lecturer in the Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His mission, through teaching and community engagement, is to empower people to innovate with new media forms and creative enterprises. You may recognize Tasman’s work from his photographs published in the New York Times Digital Edition, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, and Tablet Magazine; from his proto-selfie Ten Year Polaroid Project; from his drawing of iconic former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; or from photographs of his ritualized bread-making on social media

haggadah Section: Maror