It was somewhat irritating and a bit of a disappointment to find this on the white board this afternoon. My inclination was to alter this message by doing this (see below), but I decided against it. Up to this point no one had mentioned any problem with drawing on the white board, but apparently someone with rank had a problem with it. I think it’s kind of interesting that that person who complained wouldn’t actually erase the white board themselves, instead they complain to a manager in the department, who then decided to take what I might consider, drastic measures.
All that aside, I found a new heart today in the meat locker. It’s a cows heart! The thing is massive! I remember in college, thinking about how if a bug had organs how tiny they would be. I was also very interested in the sections of Moby Dick where he describes how large the different parts of the whales were, but I’ve never really thought about how big a cows heart is. Having the thing in front of you actually in you hands is kind of amazing and makes me think. The idea that this was living flesh – the engine of the body, which now is just some decaying object separated from its origin and so foreign to the outside world. I brought it home, perhaps to do a new group of heart paintings. I also found this image in a magazine today. The picture is a pile of Bison skulls taken in the 1870’s.