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WILD IS LOVE February 05 2019, 0 Comments

 

 

       

Georges Bizet                                           Nina Simone                                           Billie Holiday

Music is one of the most exciting ways to express wild love. Georges  Bizet's opera Carmen is a tale of seduction, abandonment, jealousy and murder, which began with the wild gypsy Carmen. Nina Simone compares her love to the wild wind.  Her fierce rendition of  Wild is the Wind soars to meet that wind.

 

Billie Holiday reminds us that Comes Love, nothing can be done.

 

Comes a rainstorm, put your rubbers on your feet
Comes a snow-storm, you can get a little heat
Comes love, nothing can be done
 


The 1992 novel The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje's is a tale of  undeniable wild love which in the end we understand that only the great wound of  doomed love.                                                       

 

Thinking about hidden love and wild love in this post and the last, I was inspired by images in nature. Here are some designs interpretations I've created which are available for your home on Society6.

 

 

Wild love! It's a wild ride. Is it worth it? You can only answer that yourself. After.

Hasta luego,
Val

  


PALIMPSEST - One And The Other October 18 2018, 0 Comments

As a twin, I'm interested in duality in its many forms. The 'twin' being the obvious one, but there are so many other examples. One of the more interesting aspects of 'doubleness' is the palimpsest.

Palimpsest is a manuscript or piece of writing material on which later writing has been superimposed on effaced earlier writing. It is something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form.

Lost ancient text recovered - Previously unknown classical Greek mythological and medical works, newly discovered classical scientific texts preserved only in Syriac translation, religious writings in extinct languages, an ancient Christian poem describing Old Testament figures in Homeric style and detailed illustrations of plants, buildings and people have been found.

The Sinai Palimpsests Project contains 74 palimpsests totaling some 6,800 pages in 10 languages and containing erased layers of writing from the fifth to the 12th centuries. They are accessible to students, scholars and the public at sinaipalimpsests.org

 

           

Ancient Manuscripts from Greece, Rome, Early Christianity, Medieval Europe, enrich our understanding of the past and reveal information which we thought was lost.

 

David Alesworth and Jim Dine

       

Many contemporary artists employ the concept of palimpsest to express their creativity using a variety of materials.

 


Two songs by Billie Holiday express in lyrical form the emotional palimpsest dwelling in her heart:  She's Painting the Town Red while  Ghost of Yesterday surrounds her.

Another expression of palimpsest is luminol used by forensic investigators to detect trace amounts of blood at crime scenes. When luminol is sprayed across an area, trace amounts of an activating oxidant make the luminol emit a blue glow that can be seen in a darkened room, revealing a hidden story underneath.

A dark expression of palimpsest appears when Alzheimer arrives, when an existing life is overwritten, and we watch as an original work of art begins to disappear, leaving only traces of the original.

 

Hasta luego amigos,

Val