Christen Lien
Music, photos and musings from the composer, violist, storyteller, martial artist and multi-media cosmonaut.
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Passion and priorities. Travel is amazing, but I’m so happy to be reunited with my #itsnotaviolin and bass. I’m in the midst of creating a live show that is one of the most exciting, personal and challenging projects I’ve ever done. No time to waste! #chopchop
To some, it may have looked like a shack. But to her, it was wealth and dreams coming true. She spent her long life making clay pottery, and we were there to learn about her work. She showed us how to work the raw, wet mud with our feet, and graciously let us play with her granddaughter as we learned how the pottery baked and hardened in the earth. Her family supplied is with unfinished mugs and statues so that we could design the details into the soft clay, while feeding us traditional food and drink. Her passion was eternal, her triumph well deserved - for she is the first Oaxacan indigenous women to have her work exhibited by MoMA in New York City. In the end we purchased many vases and statues and were washed over in gratitude for sharing her home and her work. Of all the memories of this trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, this day was one of the most authentic, precious and kind. #oaxaca #mexico #indigenous #pottery #artisan #latergram #travel
The Cathedral of Santo Domingo de Guzmán. #oaxaca #mexico #easter #goodfriday #god #catholicism #jesus #gold #church
Some sidewalks are teeny tiny… #oaxaca #mexico #sidewalks #holycrap
So quaint and colorful. #oaxaca #mexico #streets
Little dude. #ohmyyy
Staying with the color scheme… I loved this door/home entrance too. #oaxaca #mexico #architecture #design
I <3 skulls. Come to my home and you will see tiny skeletons everywhere. It’s Oaxaca’s influence on me, and the Day of the Dead celebrations. #oaxaca #mexico #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead #skulls #skeletons
The building was falling apart, but for some reason I loved the look of it. #oaxaca #mexico
Oaxacans take eight days to celebrate #Easter. #cross #catholicism #religion #oaxaca #mexico #night