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"
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.
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.
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Painting included in Alive in the Arts 22nd Annual JuriedExhibition at the Plymouth Arts Center in Plymouth, WI. Poem, Modern Mermaid, included in the "5th Year Anniversary Bards Against Hunger Anthology" - published by Local Gems Press, NY. Painted violin auctioned for the Chatfield Restoration Project at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. A Painting Retrospective Spanning 30+ Years with artist, Anne Raskopf, at the OAC. Painting displayed in the Museum of Wisconsin Art's Members' Show in West Bend, WI. Continued management of PAAC galleries.
Poem, Modern Mermaid, included in the "5th Year Anniversary Bards Against Hunger Anthology" -published by Local Gems Press, NY.
Poem, True Ghost, included in "13 Day's of Halloween 2018" to be published by Local Gems Press, NY.
Cadence and Moons, chapbook contest 2nd place winner, to be published by Local Gems Press, NY.
Paintings included in theWisconsin Regional ArtProgram (WRAP) exhibits at the Oconomowoc Arts Center and at the Cultural Arts Center in Whitwater, WI. Continued work with PAAC.
Wisconsin and Afar: Art exhibit inspired by the scenes that surround us and the influence that heritage has on our structures and way of life with artist, Anne Raskopf, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.
PAAC Member Art Exhibit: Juried exhibit at the Delafield Arts Center, Delafield, WI. Organized and participated in the Pewaukee Area Arts Council exhibit in 2012 as well as 2013.
Regional Reflections: Art exhibit inspired by sites and scenes around Wisconsin with artist, Anne Raskopf, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.
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.
Historical Presence: Solo art exhibit shedding light on history overlooked and examining how our present will become new history ~ on display at Our Savior's Lutheran Church gallery in Oconomowoc. Painting included in the Museum of Wisconsin Art's Members' Show in West Bend, WI. Continued participation in PAAC art galleries.
Americana, Now and Then exhibit with artists, Anne Raskopf and John Hallett, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.
Artwork included in the 52nd Annual Art Purchase Award Contest at the Waukesha County Courthouse, WI. Painting included in the Museum of Wisconsin Art's Members' Showin West Bend, WI.
Paintings included in Wisconsin Visual Artists' A New Day exhibit at the Redline Gallery in Milwaukee, WI March 9 - April 27..
Portraits and Panoramas: Art exhibit embracing varied cultures and our shared, everyday lives with artist, Anne Raskopf, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. Select paintings on display in the Museum of Wisconsin Art's Members' Show in West Bend, WI and at the AngelsGrace/PAAC Gallery in Oconomowoc.
Painted Perceptions: Past and Present. Ekphrastic exhibit with artist, Anne Raskopf, and poets at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, Oconomowoc, WI.
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.
Teal silver or indigo iron.
Reflected in blue and bronze.
The Animal in Our Midst: 5th Year Collaborative Show with artist, Anne Raskopf, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center. Painting included in Juried Works by SE Chapter of Wisconsin Visual Artists at the Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha, WI. Painting included in the Museum of Wisconsin Art's Members' Show in West Bend, WI. Continued management of PAAC galleries. Solo Exhibit featuring landscapes and buildings at Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI) corporate office, Brookfield, WI.
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.
Artwork juried into the Wisconsin Regional Art Program's Annual Art Exhibition at the Pyle Center in Madison, WI.
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