Thursday, October 2, 2014

Born Today ... Rosaleen Miriam "Roie" Norton, October 2, 1917, Dunedin, New Zealand






image: The Hag , watercolour



...My home is the house of winds,
With great songs of Space ringing wild in my ears
Whose shouting heart leaps to their tune.
I mock at the shapes, plodding thickly, through lamplight:
stupid and cruel - or kind -
They are alien, Other, I'm touched with uneasiness...
Fear of these human.... and glide away sidelong:
Yet joying in fear, in my stealthy aloofness,
To know they are They and I'm I.
Towers of old cities are spiralling over me, Night-conjured,
rising from Time
And I hear, through the seething of luminous silence -
Secretive, vibrant, the sound of the Solitude -
Calling of others like me
Quietly they come, flitting softly as secrets; light-footed,
velvety, swift...
With eyes gleaming green, lambent flame of the Opal.
Kindred... we signal our quick recognition.
I am I ... but I know we are we
Panther of silence; god of Night; Lord of the wild inhuman
stars:
You are my own; teeming soul of solitude.
Here is no loneliness, secret Master -
You, Dark Spirit are with me. RN


Friday, September 19, 2014

Alice Rahon (1904-1987) - drawings for costumes 1946

    
Costumes for her production of Orion~ el gran hombre del cielo, it was never produced in her lifetime.
It was later revived in 2009 for a retrospective of Rahon's work at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico.




Saturday, December 28, 2013

Leonor Fini ... lithograph ... illustration for The Roman de la Rose... 1976ed




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The Roman de la Rose ~ One of the most influential poems of the Middle Ages
Guillaume de Lorris began writing it around 1237 but never finished it. Forty years later, around 1277, Jean de Meun completed the tale. 




Adrian Collaert... Memento Mori...1607




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 "I as thou art, thou shalt be as I am." 



Monday, December 2, 2013

Woodcut... The Crucifixion...1830



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Rennes, France c1830


Spina, clavi, lancea,
Mite corpus perforarunt:
Unda manat et cruor:
Terra, pontus, astra, mundus,
Quo lavantur flumine!


Thorns, nails, and spear pierce that gentle
Body: water flows forth, and blood: in which
stream are cleansed the earth, the ocean, the
stars, and the world!


from the hymn Crux fidelis