About Allan Graham/Toadhouse

Allan Graham the artist is Toadhouse the word groper.

The name Toadhouse came from of an underground “kiva” like structure -dug/built- by me and our son Jess. Each morning as we started digging we would find desert spade-foot toads that had jumped into the hole the night before. Upon completion I started sitting with a pot of tea in toadhouse and writing what ever came through the “mind-field”. This was begun over 20 years ago.

Later I found that the toad is used in Zen writing as an image for the brain or Mind – it hops around in all directions (also it looks like a brain – bifurcated & lumpy).  “Toadhouse” is therefore “mindhouse”.

This blog is an experiment in creating an environment …( a POND ) …of my interests in thought/words  ( like looking at your reflection and waiting ).  It is a form of subjective flexible publication.

I will appreciate any comments you may have.

{ YES-Toadhouse now has “webbed feats and a pond” } thank you Bill P.!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Comments Add your own

  • 2. macropattern  |  July 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Hello Allan Graham,
    My name is D.K. Pan and I’m a Seattle-based artist working in video, installation, and performance… I’ve recently come across your work and serendipitously found a connection with your “Time Is Memory” piece at Site Sante Fe from 2000. About 10 years ago, I started writing that phrase in the streets of Seattle and using it as my moniker and title for a number of art projects. I was fascinated to hear of your installation and wanted to initiate a dialogue with you. You can check out some of my work at dkpan.com (needs updating… click on an image twice to go to the article it’s linked to).
    Best regards,
    DK
    063072@gmail.com

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