[French gravité, heaviness, from Old French, from Latin gravits, from gravis, heavy; see gwer-1 in Indo-European roots.
small right corner of 36" x 36", Gravity - in progress.
when i was a kid my favorite book was The Light Princess. this i my copy. it cost $1.25.
in the story, the princess loses her ability to be held by gravity.
i found this fascinating because gravity is the primary law of attraction. we gravitate to an earthy pull.
as a kid with a wild imagination, i fretted over the possibility to lose one's pull.
but she floated and giggled and grew and played and found mischief.
without gravity, late at night, she would float down to her lake and swim, enjoying one of the second elements: water. water held her. a deep dark lake, bottomless and lucid only at the surface.
without the law of attraction how would she find the dirt that makes us heavy and human: earth.
without gravity how would she find love?
without tactility at her feet how would she see with a whole body?
i thought she had nothing and from nothing was free to create something.
she finds love in a deep, dark lake.
a volume so heavy and dark it mirrors the air.
(of course there is a prince. of course he loves her for her darkness and light.)
but even later in the story, when she eventually reunites with the earth, every night she returns to the lake to float. weightless.