What Does This Mean?

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nothing is there        what does this mean?
knock at the door  pass in between
as if possessed  spiritual dream
needs to be seen  needs to be seen

the outer edge  a spiral shift
imprecise blue  cosmos is glimpsed
visions reborn  new dawn eclipsed
changes are swift  changes are swift

messages from  next higher plane
emerging forms  transcendent state
purpose in mind  always in vain
questions remain  questions remain

art like a thought  galactic death
end of the world  portal of breath
moment in time        what happens next?
paths intersect  paths intersect

not of the hand  not of the eyes
essence of how  essence of why
still in the dark        chaos replies
the answer lies the answer lies

A monotetra from Jane Dougherty’s weekly challenge.

Both artwork and poem were inspired by Hilma af Klint, a Swedish mystic who painted more than a thousand of her visions and messages from spirits from the late 1800s until her death in 1944.  During her lifetime, no critic or gallery owner championed her art. And since her will requested that the paintings not be shown until 20 years after her death, it was only in the 1980’s that the work began to be seen and to reach a wider audience.

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She experimented with geometry and automatic drawing in parallel with well-known modernist artists like Klee, Kandinsky, Mondrian, and the Delaunays.  Like them, she was also influenced by the spiritualist and occult movements of the early 20th century.

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To make my collage I first drew two abstract landscapes, one on black paper and one on white paper.  I was originally going to do another grid with them, but after seeing Hilma af Klint’s painting, I was inspired to be a bit more adventurous with my cutting and pasting.

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Hilma af Klint’s paintings can currently be seen at the Serpentine Galleries in London.

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37 responses to “What Does This Mean?”

  1. Jane Dougherty says :

    Fantastic artwork and mysterious, insistent poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    And your work should be seen at galleries too. Amazing and the poetry too?! Seriously. Wow work, as always!

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  3. Jodi says :

    Wow! Absolutely awesome. The time you put into the art and the thoughts you put into the words. Blew me away today! Thank you Kerfe for sharing your talent!

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  4. Michael Richards (certainline) says :

    Stunning, as always! And thanks for sharing your method – very interesting.

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  5. memadtwo says :

    I truly believe this is a masterpiece, both the poem and the artwork. Wonderful.


  6. rivrvlogr says :

    Both very well done

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  7. Jennifer G. Knoblock says :

    I love how you’ve embraced the form with those short phrases in every line. Sounds like the mystical pronouncements of an oracle. The last stanza gives me wonderful shivers.

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  8. Sharon Mann says :

    Always inspiring, and there is lots to think about today. And, thanks for the link to Hilma’s art work.

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  9. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    I love the poem and the art! both are amazing as always!

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  10. Teresa Robeson says :

    So many artists don’t get their due until after their death…it’s really sad. Thanks for introducing us to her work which are, like your piece and poem here, full of deeper meaning and a beautiful symmetry and cool colors!

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Teresa. Marcy at Illustrated Poetry and I have had some conversations about trying to find information about poets and artists that even had some success during their lifetimes. It seems that many just disappear, unless a friend or relative keeps the work alive (online these days) and in the public eye. What we see and know is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of wonderful work! Always new things to discover…

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  11. Cathe says :

    Gorgeous and rich.

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  12. Sand Salt Moon says :

    … within. Wow, your poetry knocks me out! Powerful xo Love it !!!

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  13. 10000hoursleft says :

    I love your poem. One I’ll come back to and read a few more times I think. Love your collage too.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. merrildsmith says :

    I love this! That last line is so powerful and mysterious with its double, or uncertain meaning. I like the way you set this up with the phrases that are spaced apart.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Cakeordeath says :

    Nice one… great minds think alike

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