Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Laurie Williams Wajima

Into the Light, Laurie Wajima

Train Show

for Laurie Williams Wajima
(9/14/68 — 9/12/06)

Going someplace vast and fast,
a place I don't know, a place not here

Green Shadow, Laurie Wajima

I can jump through the door and leave everything behind

Happens, Laurie Wajima

No longer still, propelled with fury

Train One, Laurie Wajima

If I want to be still, I claim a space, close my eyes and vanish

Blue Bridge, Laurie Wajima

Each train is full of stories

The Yamamote Line on a Saturday
night amazes me
... the world's greatest "pick-up" destination

Barton Springs, Laurie Wajima

In Japan they always wake at "their stop"....

I have slept through mine enough!!!!!

W, Laure Wajima

The heart does beat constantly.

Many millions of people every day run and walk

through Shinjuku Station in Tokyo...

moving to through that "arterial system"
that will help them find their work, home or destiny.

It is exciting to watch. Are they the veins?

Odettes Christmas Train, Laurie Wajima

I don't stand in front of the train

I ride and ride forever

Share, Laurie Wajima

I have spent hours looking down at the big Shinkansen
(Bullet Train) station in!!!

Yes a major artery....big and fast and efficient!

Art in motion!

*Art and words © Laurie Wajima, 2006

Laurie stories, remembrances, blessings welcome, use
post comment button or email

A memorial service in Austin is scheduled for Monday,
Sept 25, 6:30 pm at one of the Zilker Pavillions. Details will be
posted when they are available. Look for an obit in the American
Statesman in the next day or so.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My lovely friend and conspirator, we will all miss you. Thank you for taking care of the pieces of my life with me and for always, always caring.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a lovely gift honoring Laurie’s creations. They are mesmerizing


2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Susan! I've truly enjoyed looking at Laurie's paintings. They are really fantastic.


3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for posting these. It means so much to all of us whose lives were touched by Laurie to see her art live on - to see her live on in her art. I'll miss you Laurie.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laurie's art is vibrant, full of life and free spirit... just like her ... unique and endless. Laurie, we will miss you so much, but you will remain forever in our hearts through your art and the way you touched our lives.

K & G

9:58 PM  
Blogger SB said...

Word came yesterday from the hostess of Laurie's Train show that it will be "by invitation only."

As a poet and publisher I was moved and impressed with the energy and astounding beauty of Laurie's art work. It was like discovering a new Huntervasser, or Munch. I believe Laurie was truly happy to have people see and appreciate her artwork. She communicated her excitement about it to me repeatedly.

When I said, "Let's get some of your work on our blog so people can see it," she replied, "I'd love that!"

Laurie gave PVP two beautiful CDs, one of art and the other of underwater photos. We will do another post of her water pics.

Anyone who would like to organize a public show can email or call
512-440-7139. Be sure to leave a message if no one answers. Or get in touch with Laurie's family.

She wanted to put up a website of her work. Follow contacts above if anyone wants to do that.

Maybe a website or public show will happen. Until then, enjoy the art here, and look from time to time for more.

And send light to her spirit -- in my world she was an entirely delightful and positive force and friend.

8:01 AM  
Blogger SB said...

Obit in Austin American Statesman today -- this on their web edition. Get a paper for the whole article and picture.

WAJIMA, Laurie Ann Williams, 39, of Austin died Sept. 12. Services 6:30 p.m. Monday, Zilker Park pavilion. Arrangements by P. Dean Homer, Dushore, Pa.
Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 9/22/2006.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you and thank you SO much for posting her paintings! She would have been most successful, just as you said. She was the most gifted artist I've seen in a long time! I am devastated by her loss to this world.


5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not have much of a chance to get to know you, Laurie, but we painted and talked. You talked with me and helped me through a tough time, and you did not really even know me! I could feel that you are such a wonderful, kind, special, and creative soul, that you could say a few words and uplift another person. You are beautiful, a true free spirit! Happy trails, sweet gal!

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were at Stony brook together-
Before we were
Women that People would
Say They Knew
And then at Smith—
Odd that we were both to go there, although not together,
And to the UK, although not together,
And end up in Texas, although again not together—
All the time she was becoming
A woman that I would later admire.

Both 16, we were not at all
Fond of Each Other,
But then
Laughed later about it
During the forgiving,
Because, already,
She was becoming
An event not to be missed.

He waited for Her with welcoming arms;
Saw her arriving and
Opened the gates of Heaven.
Wide as her smile.
Wide as her heart.
Wide as the opportunities she made for others.

And we weep.
For the inheritance.
The one that she left.
And with joy, for
The one she will receive.

Blessings to you, her family.

Nicole Lawrence Ezer

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I rode the same trains and walked through the same woods, I missed the beauty that was always present to Laurie. Thank you, Laurie, for bringing out the elegance in your paintings, photos and writings. I miss you constantly, but am comforted in your vision of pure, lonely beauty.

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wrote this while waiting for Laurie Wajima’s memorial to begin:

Called home!

The water beckons.

I cut through the liquid peace

With flawless ease.

Over and over.

Turquoise and blue and green,

I am one with all.


I come home!

Marion Mlotok

25 September 2006

Austin, Texas

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I said at Laurie's service, Laurie painted the colors that she herself was. There was nothing taupe or mauve about her. Laurie got tomato red, hot pink, and lime green to work together, because it never occured to her that they wouldn't.

I knew Laurie as a gorgeous swimmer, a beautiful spirit, then later as an insightful artist and glorious friend.

I am honored and grateful that I was on the list of people that got to experience Laurie.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read my Stony Brook School Alumni Bulletin ... and my heart breaks. Laurie and I were in the same small dorm (Monroe) at SBS for at least two years. We must have been 16 and 17 when we were friends as she graduated a year ahead of me. She was funny and gifted and amazing and had a smile that inspired. I would have loved to know the woman she grew to be... her smile is in her art work. Please forward my love and prayers to her family and thank you for showing us her work online...

Danielle Goshorn Barton

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been thinking about my friend Laurie for quite some time. I thought that I'd have time to connect with her when life and time permitted. That was several years ago that I yearned to call her. Heartbroken and finally able to write how much I miss having her in my life. I'm a fool who waited too, the yearning to talk to you will never go away.

4:59 PM  

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