- I've painted on the ceiling. It's fun.
- I'm a G. K. Chesterton fan, and he wrote an essay about lying in bed and wishing that he had a pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. (Dear Uncle Gilbert!) I like that way of thinking, of seeing an ordinary space or a blankness and wondering: How can I make this beautiful?
- I do art with recycled materials. This means looking for art and making art out of objects and spaces that might otherwise be discarded or ignored.
- Ceilings are there pretty much all the time. How often do we look up? (Remind me sometime to tell you about Chrissy, the roof, and the mailman.) We should look up more often, especially if the ceiling is the sky.
- White or otherwise bland, uniform ceilings are a modern phenomenon. Ceilings used to be decorated, as a trip to Europe will quickly demonstrate. I like to look at traditions and see if maybe we should go back to them. (For example, growing our own food, making our own clothes, living within our means....)
- I prefer original and handmade to mass-produced and plastic. My painted ceiling is one of a kind!
Because I'm a writer. Writers write. Real ones write regularly.
Because I want to toss something positive and beautiful out into the world.
Because Facebook posts seem cramped and I want to be more opinionated without feeling like I'm shoving it in people's faces. You don't have to come here if you don't want to!
And finally, an excerpt from an email to former student about this project:
Anyway, it's a silly idea, really, since there is so much else out there and a vain idea, since what could I really contribute? But there is also something silly and vain about the idea that everything one does must be useful.
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Is J. Pario Your Real Name?
No. J. is based on my real name. Pario is Latin for create. When in doubt, be a verb!