The Pondering Pool

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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Susan Mrosek is a master of creative writing and whimsical drawings that are both quirky, inspiring and masterful with fresh drawings and words that are beyond description. She has become a cult figure with her unique and original greeting cards, posters and her book, Leaks. When I first saw her cards in an art store, I was blown away by her wit and spin on words that I have continued to buy her cards for years for myself and for friends who like me will find a new world that will touch their heart, enrich their soul. You will laugh with Susan’s musings on Exhaustion, Blooming, Hysteria, Merriment and Porecelain handles. One customer commented that it’s a desperate time in the world today and there is no better comfort than to read Susan’s wisdom and humor and lose yourself in her visions of woe and glee while pondering the most unusual subjects. You will be transported by the magical images and adventures in The Pondering Pool. I was fortunate to capture a glimse of this enchanted place when I saw in my photograph a man with red hair swimmng in a magical blue pool. Do you see him? There is a lot to see as you ponder on the beautiful blue waters of the pondering pool if you have never had the opportunity to visit. Susan says “when I said perhaps I’ll see you there in the description on every card, I had no idea people would actually show up. But here we are, all splashing in the pool-some finding comfort and validation and others swimming off in directions of their own…masterfully riding the ripples. That I am able to live my passion is a blessing, that it helps others is more than I could ask.” Each year I have bought several of her cards. It is hard to choose a favorite since they all are so different and right for any occassion. Her card of an image of a woman that is part of a porcelain handle is a good example. “She finally got a handle on it. A long, porcelain handle-slightly ornate yet simple. It provided her the strength she had lacked for so long…she was pround to display her new attachment.” Last month, Charlie gave me a card that said “in cebebration of many years of mirth” for our anniversary. Her unconventional words are perfect to describe his perception of me with a great graphic of a woman with a long arm and huge hand reaching above the moon. The card says, “Stroke the air waves, pull up the tulips, break out the well digger’s rod… we’re gonna yodel tonight!!” For his birthday I gave him a card of a couple dancing down a path, the man wearing very large shoes. “Shall we dance?” he inquired, removing his hat. He was tall, thin and hollowly attractive. I said yes, and from that moment on, centered my attention on Samuel’s feet. The dance never ended…we made it all the way to Beijing." Treat yourself. Visit the pondering pool @www.ponderingpool.com and discover a whole new world that will be hard to forget. I see some of Susan’s images in my graphic interpretation of the pondering pool where I go to laugh myself to death. You can find my two friends, two wrinkled old women who laughed themselves to death. “Our faces were unrecognizable, cherry red gums, cavernous wrinkles trailing from our eyes, overworked nostrils, stuck in permanent flare. We had finally laughed ourselves to death.” The details of this bark art photograph will be appreciated more in the larger format. The narrative can also be read in the writing section after viewing the image paired with the text.

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