Tag Archive | mythology

Centaurus

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This image is a monoprint taken from the background painting I did for one of the other celestial haikus, done over some images from something else (I can’t remember what–I often take leftover paint and drip or press it onto paper, thinking I can use it for something, somehow, later)  As I did for Andromeda, I embroidered the constellation on top.

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You can find the haiku for this image at Pure Haiku, here.

Andromeda

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I was honored when Freya at Pure Haiku chose me to be the featured writer for the Celestial Bodies theme.  It turned out to be a double blessing, as it gave me something tangible to do creatively when a member of my family became ill.  He is doing well, but I’m sure most people know the drill with cancer–surgery, and then weeks of radiation and chemo, to be followed by testing and more interventions as needed.

I want to thank everyone for their good wishes, and will try to visit your blogs when I can.  Nina and I both hope to be more present in the coming months.

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You can find the haiku to go with the illustration above here.  Thanks again Freya!

Firebird

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The ring rises in flames, shadows of the sun opening a path to beginning. Rocks expand and explode into ashes, illuminating the sharp contrast of future within the past. Eyes focus with renewed clarity on the intersection of time.

The cosmic altar calls. The egg of myrrh responds, acting as catalyst to wings embracing the sky.

Reflected as moon
fertility unfolding
forever returned

I’ve finally taken Colleen’s haibun challenge, using both her prompt words and those of the Secret Keeper this week.

Paired with another piece of mythological junk mail art.

 

Junk Mail Art: Uncharted

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Another micrographicfiction for Jane Dougherty’s challenge this week.  The theme was “uncharted waters” with the painting below.

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A picture being worth 194 words in this case.

Junk Mail Art: Crossroads

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…because it’s Eric Clapton’s birthday.  And because any time is a good time to celebrate Robert Johnson.

Crossroads is from a group of 13 mythological junk mail art pieces I did, inspired by Boria Sax’s book “Imaginary Creatures”.  You can see the first one I posted here.

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Asked the Lord above for mercy, “Save me if you please.”

I went down to the crossroads, tried to flag a ride.
Down to the crossroads, tried to flag a ride.
Nobody seemed to know me, everybody passed me by.

Well I’m going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
You can still barrelhouse, baby, on the riverside.

Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
You can still barrelhouse, baby, on the riverside.

You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy, Willie Brown.*
Run, you can run, tell my friend-boy, Willie Brown.*
And I’m staying at the crossroads, believe I’m sinking down.

I went down to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
I went down to the crossroad, fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above “Have mercy, save poor Bob, if you please.”

Mmmmm, standin’ at the crossroad, I tried to flag a ride
Standin’ at the crossroad, I tried to flag a ride
Didn’t nobody seem to know me, everybody pass me by

Mmm, the sun goin’ down, boy, dark gon’ catch me here
oooo, ooee, eee boy, dark gon’ catch me here
I haven’t got no lovin’ sweet woman that love and feel my care

You can run, you can run, tell my friend-boy, Willie Brown.
You can run, tell my friend-boy, Willie Brown.
Lord, that I’m standin’ at the crossroad, babe, I believe I’m sinking down.

Listen to “Crossroads” here.

Junk Mail Art: Sparkle

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Sparkle is from a group of 13 mythological junk mail art pieces I did, inspired by Boria Sax’s book “Imaginary Creatures”.  I picked 5 to submit to the online journal “Right Hand Pointing” (take a look, maybe you want to send in some creations of your own…and thanks to Margo Roby at Wordgathering for the heads up about this publication).  I’ll be posting some of the others from time to time.

This was my very first one.  As with most beginnings of ideas for me, it is not as fully realized as I think some of the later ones are, but that’s the joy of a series:  take each idea and push it along.  Sometimes it leads somewhere great and sometime it just leads, well, somewhere else you might not have found without it.

The unicorn’s horn, “alicorn”, is thought to be a magical amulet of protection.  Popes and queens have paid high prices for alicorns, which some claim are merely narwhal tusks.

The traditional unicorn was more goat-like than the beautiful white horse usually portrayed today.

And the unicorn was the first animal named by Adam.

If you haven’t seen Charlie O’s unicorn, take a peek–it comes with some additional information about unicorns too.

Subway Art

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I became aware of the artist Nancy Spero first through her subway art.  Most of my New York residences have been somewhere on the #1 subway line, so I’m always passing through the Lincoln Center station.

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The MTA website says the mosaics at 66th street were installed in 2001, but I remember them appearing gradually over a period of many years, finishing only a few years ago.  At any rate, I saw them magically emerging and I wanted to know about the artist.

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Nancy Spero.  Never heard of her.

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Since that time, I’ve looked at a lot of her art, in books and online, and I also got to see a show a few years ago in Chelsea.  As is usually the case, the actual work is a revelation after seeing only reproductions.  Scale!  Hard to imagine from a small photo.

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But the subway mosaics have always been live for me.  They still never fail to delight.  A few weeks ago, I decided to photograph them all.

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In the 1970’s, Spero, who had always explored the role of women in her art, decided to make them her focus.  Using a group of stock characters from history, art, myth, and the news, she celebrated the power of  feminine creativity in the dance of life.

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These mosaics reflect that focus, but also rejoice in the performances that take place every day in Lincoln Center.

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Barbie

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I just finished this collage which I titled “Divine Embrace”, after the Tibetan sculpture that inspired it.  When I went to pick a head from my collection of cut out faces, Barbie just seemed to fit the best.  She is a cultural goddess I suppose, much more than the anonymous humans I had to choose from.

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I also used Barbie in this one, “Birth of the Hero”, that I did awhile ago.  The butterflies reminded me that I’ve been seeing a lot of butterflies here in the city this year.  Everything is really green because of all the rain we’ve been having, so maybe that’s part of the reason why.

These are for sale in my etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/handandeyeand