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Welcome to Laughingmedusa, a portal to creative endeavors of Sheila and Lee Courtney
and the site for the Collaborative ArtProgram (CAMP) an experimental art initiative
First — Laughingmedusa? What the heck?
Okay, it doesn’t have anything to do with the snake headed Gorgon of Greek mythology… the reference is much more mundane…
In the life cycle of the jellyfish things begin as with most living things as eggs and sperm. The jellyfish then develops through several stages the first being a planula (plural – planulae), a tiny free-living larval form. These attach to some substrate and become polyps or scyphistoma (plural – scyphistomae) as either solitary or colonial organisms. The polyps grow and then bud off ephyra (plural – ephyrae), an immature medusa (plural – medusae), another free-swimming stage. Over a period of from weeks to months the creature grows and transforms into an adult medusa.
Alright, that’s the end of the biology lesson; on to the point of the story. During my years as a diver I had many encounters with medusa. I carefully avoided those tentacles hanging down from the transparent, gelatinous body, all the while marveling at the beauty of the creature. For some reason, the swimming motion of the medusa looked as if it was laughing at me… saying “keep your distance or you’ll regret it”… the image and surreal association as a laughing, taunting creature of great beauty and potential harm has remained with me all these years… so came laughingmedusa.
An interesting anecdote of a biologist eh? Well, the site laughingmedusa has nothing to do with jellyfish… no, laughingmedusa is a portal to the creative efforts of Sheila P. Courtney and Lee Courtney.
There are two directions you can go from here; ●→ to S and L Art where the creative efforts of Sheila and Lee will be found, and ●→ to CAMP (Creative Art Matrix Program) an experimental art initiative recently developed by Lee, a creative effort of a different sort. Check them both out!
The sites are only in their initial stages, however even now there is a lot of material to explore and content will be added regularly. With that as an impetus, who knows what other creative endeavors may spring from the two of us. So check back to see the growth of the site and progression of our creativity.
Welcome to the journey! Links can be found to the right…
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~ Lee Courtney
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