Lug is a longstanding character created by Kathryn Ricketts

Kathryn Ricketts

Music (with permission) by Oliver Schroer


Lug Log 1 – Trilogy to Angel

(In)valid – thrown into space

(In)valid within, strength of soul

Seeping out

An opening with the map

The hat coming off – the hat calling me back

Back to belonging – to being


 The three lined up as a sequence of resolution


The absolute surprise and delight to call me into lightness – to absolute vulnerability


Vaporous sweet solution – waking/waking from sequences of habituation to spiritual calm.


Lug Log 2 – From Vogue to Curb

My entry, stomping harshly on the coat forcing a disrobing

I entered into skid row Vogue

Not quite right

I haven’t had a shower in 2 weeks. But “How do I look?”

The play with glamor deconstructed moved into farewell of self waving to a city and yet waving to my reflection in the window.


The suitcase placed on my head, the hat on the suitcase….upside down

One hand in space asking What? Why? How?

I am so far away from who I am – my world is upside down

My hat falls – I let my suitcase fall

My life falls

I sit dejected on the only place I know – my suitcase


I return illogically, resolutely to my hat but my hand extends in yearning to a world beyond.


Lug Log 3 – Transformation into Love

My head in the suitcase, I became other – so far removed. I am reminded of love

Deep within

How could I have forgotten?

So, so, so sad……

Lug Takes Chicago

Kathryn Ricketts brings LUG to Chicago while at the 2015 American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting  (Recorded by Marni Binder.)

A small crowd of arts-based researchers gathered for this impromptu event and the passers-by, with umbrellas, were a bonus.