Watermark Art Center is pleased to host the launch of We Sit, a collaborative art and poetry book by Marley Kaul and Taiju Geri Wilimek. The launch will be held on Saturday, September 29 at 5:30 p.m.

We Sit invites readers to slow down and join an artist and a poet as they contemplate mortality through stunning art and Zen-inspired poetry. Painter Marley Kaul offers 20 images of egg tempera paintings made during a year-long period of meditative reflection after being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2016. Taiju Geri Wilimek, living in the aftermath of a 1998 cancer diagnosis, offers poetry that could only have been written after a long period of healing, enabled by the study and practice of mindfulness meditation and the teachings of zen. Kaul and Wilimek, friends for decades, share a pull toward the investigation of life and death through meditation and art.

The launch will include a reading and presentation about the artistic process that went into developing this project, with a Q&A to follow. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Geri Wilimek

Marley Kaul

Praise for We Sit

 We Sit shares a beautiful journey into the great matter of live and death. It brings a bright light to bear on the inner experience of anyone considering these matters. I join Marley and Geri in this inquiry with a sincere sense of depth and warmth.”—Shoken Winecoff, Abbot Ryumonji Zen Monastery

“I am blown away by this book, its beauty and the peace I feel looking at it.”—Susan Gilmore, Susan Gilmore Photography

 “What a beautiful book! Every spread, left and right, offers its own meditation. Even the poems’ shapes tell stories. It’s only right to slow down and pay attention. I savored each painting and poem multiple times.”—Shannon Pennefeather Gardner, Editor 

 “Exquisite healing.”—Martin DeWitt, artist; formerly the Director and Curator of the Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth; and the Founding Director and Curator of the Fine Art Museum, Western Carolina University.