How is yesterday remembered?
A thought written down,
An image captured,
A stanza replayed.
A Rosetta Scroll for memory.
"Once upon a time, when people still believed in magic, they gave their art to the ages. Later ages study those arts to see back in time as if by magic."
- Translation of Phoenician script
from Rosetta Scroll, oil painting
Certain arts endure.
Left; behind or because?
A record, a story, a message?
So then ancient yesterdays are interpreted for remembrance.
Our way to "know" a people.
Our history or theirs?
By Heidi C. Hallett
Red Unicorn Tapestry, Oil, 20" x 24" Giclées available.
In The Lady with the Unicorn tapestry series created in the 1480s CE, it is generally accepted that the first five tapestries represent the five senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. The interpretation of the sixth tapestry, "À Mon Seul Désir," remains uncertain. I propose that the French words, "à mon seul désir," translate to "with my unique desire," meaning that people are the only species that covet material objects even as we share the five senses with animals.
In the first five tapestries, one or more of the animals are shown utilizing the represented sense along with the women. However, in the final tapestry, only the two women are engaged in handling the golden necklace, while some of the animals seem to watch from afar. The blue tent in the last tapestry also serves to separate the human figures from the natural world, which includes the unicorn with its mythical qualities. The tent frames the lady handling her necklace with a strip of cloth and her maid and is not present in any of the previous tapestries.
The interpretation of people alone valuing material objects ties the individual representations of the six tapestries together and allows them to flow towards the realization that, while people may live alongside the natural and mythical worlds (which, in medieval times, were likely considered the same), they remain separate and not completely in either due to their unique desires.
1) Cavallo, Adolfo Salvatore. The Unicorn Tapestries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. pp.99-100. Print.
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Teal silver or indigo iron.
Reflected in blue and bronze.
This video shows a presentation given at the 2011 PAAC One Vision Project ekphrastic art event. I am enchanted by whale song, and here, it adds another dimension to the story. Click here for the video.
2 poetry chapbooks, "Magic Lamp, Pillar and Comet" and "Memory Echoes," published through Local Gems Press. Please see the Poetry Chapbooks page for more information.
I enjoy landscapes and Plein Air painting as well for their preservation of the light and feeling evoked by a moment in time. They tell their own stories too.
This painting captures a slice of life and depicts part of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. The accompanying poem, Hunting Horn, alludes to the origin of the horn.
I am always intrigued by the way history and culture influence our interactions and perceptions, and I love exploring this influence through art. I am also inspired by other works of art: books, poetry, music, painting, sculpture, etc. Ekphrasis often refers to writing that comments on another art form. More broadly though, it encompasses any medium of art that relates to another even if by just conveying the spirit of a work in a different form. Ekphrasis can further explore a piece or offer a new perspective enriching our view or experience.
Studies of Light and Form exhibit with artists, Anne Raskopf and John Hallett, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center Oct. - Nov.
Painting, Sky Sailing, included in New Beginnings, PAAC art exhibit at the Oconomowoc Arts Center Jan. 6th - Feb. 28th.
Across Wisconsin exhibit with artists, Anne Raskopf and John Hallett, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center Oct. 7th - Nov. 14th.
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