Saturday, September 12, 2009

Anima Mundi

And here face down beneath the sun
And here upon earth's noonward height
To feel the always coming on,
The always rising of the night.
               from You, Andrew Marvell, Archibald MacLeish

This is one of my assemblages, it is like the card for The World in the tarot Deck.

A deep imagining emerges as we live, exposed to all our sentient outcomes... Such possibilities become especially vivid when we are feeling vulnerable...It is an excited, animated vision of our own potentially transformed being.
          from Life Imagining Life: Going to the Deep Roots of Learning, Marc Briod (well worth a read)

16 comments:

Caio Fernandes said...

this is really incredible !!
wonderfull , i got with no words .
the kind of art i like to see and reach one day !!
the place the blue takes on this composition ....

ArtSparker said...

C -It is a collage - I should stress that the face is cut out from a Botticelli painting. It's harder to invent this feeling from the ground up. The helmet is actually part of a tray that survived the Berkeley Hills fire.

Eva said...

The "helmet" is so cleverly chosen, it turns the female into an Athena! She might pull it down, and the nose piece fits!

subtorp77 said...

Susan, some incredible works!( thanks for the link ). Love the Humpty Dumpty and the black cat is coming along fine( or is that completed? )So hard to choose just one...

mum said...

"the world is not a building but a body" Wallace Stevens (on the link you provided to Briod) - a must read, for sure.

and a new link over here to your assemblages - great discoveries, Susan. Merci.

Your 'anima mundi' really works for me - the blue, the green, the pottery, the card, the positioning of the lements.

ger said...

Melancholic + bright at the same time... - reminds me of characters in old novels who lie around on their back in the woods whole days, dreaming...

justdoodleit said...

Full of intrigue and charm!

Jasmine said...

The image is beautiful and the words are wonderful. You have matched them well. It always amazes me how creative people are when, as you say, they are at their most vulnerable. A theme I have wanted to explore deeper for so long.

Coffee Messiah said...

A very interesting piece as well as the objects you chose. You do this well 2 ; )

I have yet to venture there, but have always yearned to.

Bee said...

That beautiful Botticelli face looks so striking against the deep blue. I want to read all of that poem now.

lettuce said...

this is very intruiging

i like the little bits of 'crystal'(?) and the way the shadows fall

ha, i'm doing well with word verif. this morning - this one is: charmo

Asja said...

amazing work! there's something very enigmatic and powerful about it.

Tom said...

yeah, very cool!

eyetrouble said...

Your assemblages are amazing, the same as all of your other work. It's always very inspirational to check out your site!

aleph said...

the assemblage is very interesting. I like the "mixture" of different materials and images giving birth to a "polivalent" object, each object seems a signifier which acquires more dimensions as relates to the others. It´s interesting also that it´s made with few elements, and a powerful use of colour.

Don said...

Wow, really cool. That blue is stunning. Really strong piece.