Thinking of Spring – And Sensuality

PersephoneThis time of year, my thoughts flit from mystery cults to “Venus” by Rubens in the Uffizzi, not unlike the sparrows in the front yard that make their way between our cranberry tree with its first timid buds and the seed feeder on the porch. As I work the soil with my hands and scrub the year’s collection of grub from the barn the perfumed air calls me like a siren will a sailor to dash hesitation against the craggy shores of desire.

Well, it is Spring and all that. Thinking of Persephone and Hera and fruits the year will bring – as a writer and artist the best we can hope for is a fertile mind, some new disovery that will delight the senses and sustain the heart

The little box here began as part of a larger work, “A woman is a sometimes thing,” inspired by both the season and the Porgy and Bess song of the same name. I was caught up in the transition from adolescent to woman to sibyl – those three classic stages in a woman’s life. Strangely, the practice of FGM came into mind as a masculine impulse to dominate that rich, life-bearing essence of supple woman… I think the piece ultimately failed – i have imagery of a timepiece and ceremonial cutting knife somewhere in the studio as well. They’ll be recycled I’m sure, as mixed media detritus is wont to be…

[Paper, foam core, plywood, paint]

I think this is a fantastic piece. Rich in colour and imagery. Feelings of high emotion swells up in me… a dream-like sequence all in one.

Bravo! a very heart-felt thank you for your great inspiration!

Thank you Mary – you are a dear! The piece was so much fun to work on – I’ve got more in that “vein” … How did your most recent vernisage go – has it happened? I have a whole list of links to be written about btw – log in and feel free to grab any of them that show up – I’ve been using the wordpress “post to” widget in my browser that lets me bookmark sites i encounter. kind of neat-o!

I’ve just finished a little film on the making of “Madonna & Child, series 3″. It’s up on lulu.tv: http://www.lulu.tv/?p=8402. Have a look! I might make a post about it here in Mixed Media, if you like.

Thanks, m.

Your widget sounds great!

mary, sorry for the delay – it would be great if you posted something about the process of making this lovely little film – i love the music, the mix of wet and dry processes, and the fun editing! its a wonderful glimpse into your process and techniques, mary. i’d love to hear/learn about the inspiration for making the film, and what makes it difficult to capture such dynamic processes on video?

thanks always,

lars

  • lhtorres says:

    Thank you Mary – you are a dear! The piece was so much fun to work on – I’ve got more in that “vein” … How did your most recent vernisage go – has it happened? I have a whole list of links to be written about btw – log in and feel free to grab any of them that show up – I’ve been using the wordpress “post to” widget in my browser that lets me bookmark sites i encounter. kind of neat-o!

  • mbogdan says:

    I’ve just finished a little film on the making of “Madonna & Child, series 3″. It’s up on lulu.tv: http://www.lulu.tv/?p=8402. Have a look! I might make a post about it here in Mixed Media, if you like.

    Thanks, m.

    Your widget sounds great!

  • lhtorres says:

    mary, sorry for the delay – it would be great if you posted something about the process of making this lovely little film – i love the music, the mix of wet and dry processes, and the fun editing! its a wonderful glimpse into your process and techniques, mary. i’d love to hear/learn about the inspiration for making the film, and what makes it difficult to capture such dynamic processes on video?

    thanks always,

    lars

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