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#sparkchamber 092418 — David Ingber

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Well, it’s officially autumn! With the equinox on Saturday — at the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator, day and night are of equal length — daylight hours will dwindle for the next few months. There’s something about balance, about closure, about marking time that always accompanies the changing seasons. Something, too, about the cycles of life in general, and the unfolding of one’s story in particular. In that spirit, we welcome artist, healer, and traveler David Ingber to the #sparkchamber today. In his own words:

Born in L.A. to eccentric Jews. Alternative education until High School. High school was very social, sex, drugs, music. Loved to drive. No curfew. After graduating at 17, began my world travels to Israel, Egypt, Turkey, and Greece with a friend or two. Came back after 1 year to work and school. I discovered I was an artist. Began ceramic and stone sculpting, which lead to further and longer world travels through the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, where I ended in Zimbabwe, stone sculpting with the masters. Came back to America to open an art gallery. Post-gallery, I decided to further my study in the energetic healing arts of Polarity Therapy which took me around the world some more. Culminating in Hawaii where I met my wife Naoko. We married two years later. Moved back to Los Angeles where I couldn’t make a living at art or healing, so I began my career as a pawnbroker at Elliott Salter’s pawnshop where I continue to work to this day. Now I have a daughter named Kailee who will turn 10 next month. I still consider myself a healer, artist, and traveler.

An archive of his work lives at his website, and some social activity on Facebook.

1.] Where do ideas come from?

My surroundings and my experience

2.] What is the itch you are scratching?

Art, nature, artists, humanity, humor, the feeling of realizing a vision

3.] Early bird or night owl, tortoise or hare?

I can work early or late. I need to create the proper space to my flow to start moving. Once I get going the energy-building momentum, I pull my energy back and allow my work to create itself. I notice what my work wants to do, where it wants to go and then I follow its lead. Especially with stone sculpture. Allowing what’s inside the stone to present itself then just follow the integrity of the lines.

4.] How do you know when you are done?

Looks right feels right.

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