What Does This Mean?
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.
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.
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.
Hilma af Klint’s paintings can currently be seen at the Serpentine Galleries in London.