anonyrrie: Hide and Seek and Finding Home

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Hide and Seek and Finding Home

In and Out the Courts of Time
16" x 16" x 1" mixed media on cradled wood panel

'Tis but hide and seek we play
In and out the courts of time.

- George William Russell (1867 - 1935)

This is the painting I am showing in an upcoming exhibit called "Word-Art," which explores the synergy between writing and the visuals arts. When I received the prospectus for the show, I immediately thought of how wonderful it would be to work with a poet whose work resonates with me in a very real and meaningful way. This poem, which inspired the painting, so beautifully explores something I think about often - "the irregular circle of life" and finding the way home.

The Irregular Circle of Life

You'd have to say the beginning
starts when you
first notice light,
squinting your eyes
strained in the first minutes to make
sense of voices
set in those bobbing circles
that want you to know,
and try to reach you from within.

From the beginning your turns are
every which way, depending
on how hard you hit the walls
and how softly you bounce off them.
The same bobbing circles protect
or abandon you during those bounces.
It makes a difference
because the hardest bounces don't heal well
and the soft ones push you forward.

They spiral and build upon eachother
until maybe when you are twelve
you smoke a cigarette or
sneak that candy bar in your backpack
and that's another beginning
because you have begun
little deceptions you can call your own.

In those moments you know
but can't describe the sweetness and light
you will revisit for all of your life.
In those moments
you decide
the shape of the circle--
the vessel really--
that will carry you home

Some of your turns
are as wide as every possible outcome
and others so narrow
you squeeze by,
your breath compacted so tightly,
that when it cannot expand
you know you just have to move
or you will be in that space forever.

The day your boundaries blur
and you find yourself drifting--
on that day another beginning
carries you to the spot where
destiny meets opportunity.
And there you are,
wondering again
who wants you to know,
and why it matters.

When you grow up,
by some standard anyway,
your circle may be closed shut
so your community and beliefs
are safe and firm.
Or by then you have had
the misfortune, if it is that,
where little point a and little point b
fail to reach each other.

When that happens
you are born again,
again noticing light,
and squinting your eyes,
straining in the first minutes to make
sense of voices
that want you to know,
that want to reach you from within.

And at that moment,
if you are lucky enough,
the irregular circle that lacks a beginning
and lacks an end
and fails to protect,
this circle that is broken --
this irregular circle--
becomes a portal for
every step you will now take,
for every mystery and
every vision
that every person
who ever loved you
will tell you
if they could
is the truest straightest way
to guide your way home.

- Karen Jasper

50 Comments:

Blogger andrea said...

I see you're posting just as I'm posting about you -- well, mentioning you, anyway. These last two have a very Klimt-like flavour to them. Your vision is broadening with these decorative figurative works. Very very lovely. I sense a series coming on...

6:06 PM  
Blogger The painted woman said...

ohhhhh the greens in this piece are stunning. Love the secretive and earthy quality. Just lovely Carla, just lovely.
a.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

This is a very lovely peice. You're technique is very intersting. I like the look on this womans face, like she knows something we don't. Great work!!

8:28 PM  
Blogger miriam said...

What a beautiful post!

9:27 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Yes, I defiitely see a great series evolving here Carla. The textures you're creating are remarkable, making your work go beyond a mere representation of something.

10:58 PM  
Blogger Bron Smith said...

Another beautiful piece, Carla. This one has a beautiful haunting quality to it.

11:27 PM  
Blogger Crafty Green Poet said...

This is beautiful, her face, her dress, the bird.... I also like the fact that it was inspired by a poem...

10:00 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

I really like the color and the mood of this painting. The poem kind of paints a picture too, and I think I will read it over a couple times to bring it into better focus.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Michelle Lana said...

beautiful work!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Cookala said...

this is quite lovely! it has a mysterious, thought provoking quality about it. love those luscious greens!

12:26 PM  
Blogger Traveller said...

I think the quote is great and I love the dreamy, ethereal quality of the painting

4:03 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

Carla, this is just pretty durn cool!
I've really loved this series that you have been working on.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Where do I begin...I get a wonderful sense of hidden messages or a story that is about to unfold from the end. If that makes sense to you. The colors and pattern are easy on the eye and draws you in. There is a peace about her and she knows where she is going.
I went back and reread the poem. You interpreted it well. Please let us know how the exhibit goes. How exciting for you.

11:19 PM  
Blogger BlueJude said...

I like the poem but your painting is ABSOLUTELY ASTOUNDING!! I LOVE IT. (bluejude almost drooling...lol) You are very talented!

10:30 AM  
Anonymous get zapped said...

Fantastic! I admire your feel for color and texture. And the way you capture an expression. Your posts are always inspiring. Thank you.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Wilnara said...

Carla,
Well, I was gone a bit to long. But, I am in agreement with everyone. These last couple of entries are breath taking. I am especially drawn to the almost abandoned post. There is something captivating about your characters that just draws the viewer in. You always manage to capture such beautiful detail in you work also. I think you've tapped into something quite remarkable. Good to be inspired by you again!

10:14 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

This is real art!! Love it , your words too!!

3:59 AM  
Blogger the heartful blogger said...

Wow Carla, this just blew me away, words and image both. It hit home to me especially because home is a theme I've been exploring for awhile, and I'm just starting to discover the link between that and the circles around my heart. So, thank you for this post.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

I love all the patterning and the colors of this piece.
Very Beautiful!

10:25 AM  
Blogger HARDWAX said...

Is home a place where a human being finally love herself? I think the lovely woman in this beautiful place, still hasen't found it. The irregular circle is her way to find home, she doesen't look happy in the knowing, but is following that destiny, nevertheless..

1:16 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Beautiful, CArla
Love the recent series

Vicky

1:20 PM  
Blogger kj said...

well....! all i can say is once again you have evoked deep feeling and meaning about one woman's life and the world she lives in.

it is my deep pleasure to have completed this word-art project with you. what an honor for me!

and now we get to strut our stuff in a gallery. ooooh....

thanks, carla,
your pal,
kj

2:57 PM  
Blogger carla said...

kj - I can't wait! I am so excited about this show:> Thank you so much for doing this with me. (great big smile)

8:14 PM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

I'd love to be there for this show! This is beautiful Carla. You always do such a fantastic job of matching images with words. Good luck at the opening!

2:05 AM  
Blogger She Who Flies said...

Hi! I just found your blog via Izabella's and wow! I'm blown away by your work. I'll be back... often :-) All the best with the exhibition!

9:00 AM  
Blogger chris chua said...

wow...very beautiful artwork here....love the style, colors and composition. Cant wait to see more;)

11:49 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I love all the patterns and textures in this piece!Your last three works make beautiful companions.

9:00 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

Very nice. I do like where you are going with this mixed media work. I also love incorporating text into my work but havent found a great way besides collaging from found paper. I still stink at transfers and then you have to worry about the backward thing anyway!

10:04 PM  
Blogger ഉണ്ണിക്കുട്ടന്‍ said...

HI I am jinu from india intersted in painting this is a fabulous work. really amazing

6:08 AM  
Blogger Merisi's Vienna For Beginners said...

I have come by several times to look at this beautiful painting, and every time I return I love the painting more. I am not an artist, for me therefore it's images (or situations) that may evoke words or feelings in me, the other way around, conveying words into an image that expresses them adequately, is a very high form of art indeed. Congratulations!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Ro Bruhn said...

Wow, love this one Carla, it's very like you.
I love the dress, the colours are beautiful

6:36 AM  
Blogger Steve Musgrave said...

Hey! Long time! I like what you're doing here. The textures and colors are wonderful.

3:11 PM  
Blogger susan said...

this is ever so beautiful carla.
a lucky show with a piece like this in it!
thanks for sharing it here!

3:11 PM  
Anonymous threebuttontrick said...

stunning illustration, it has a wonderful texture to it :-)

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Hildegarde said...

(coming in through KJ and your collaboration) I've been looking at some of your works for several days now and it was love at first sight. I like among other things the combination of a mysterious woman with nature (and the birds : a swallow, a black bird : great !)and with fantasy. The colors are so wonderful, the dresses too. Gustav Klimt-like Andrea says, yes there is some resemblance but for me it is not a spontaneous association. The new tattoo painting is going to be so attractive, the koi is fan-tas-tic. I'm very impressed and hereby you have two new admirers (me and my youngest daughter)

3:47 PM  
Blogger Lenna said...

This is a really beautiful piece, Carla. I feel so lucky I get to see it in person - tomorrow, I hope, if it doesn't snow too much!
The colors you used and her look are very moving.

: ) lenna

6:36 PM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

More beautiful work! Wonderful.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Purple said...

Found your blog at Izabella`s ....glad I did....lovely....I will be back to visit

10:53 PM  
Blogger tiffini elektra x said...

Oh this is so beautiful - fantastic colors and emotion. I adore the music in the trees and the dress is truly stunning.

5:41 PM  
Blogger Ces said...

I am so happy for you and KJ. This is a marvelouys collaboration. I love your beautiful women painting series. I see you in them.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Ces said...

Okay, I just came back from vacation and I can't type!

6:57 PM  
Blogger Rrramone said...

wow, that is beautiful. is it you? :-)

11:16 AM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

beautiful, very enchanting piece, the texture and color add so much atmospheic quality to the piece!

11:42 AM  
Blogger Andrew Thornton said...

What strikes me the most are the patterns you've created - almost like passages from your poem. You've got a real knack for alternating between "flat" spaces and "deep" spaces. Nicely done.

5:35 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Wow, Carla beautiful, reminds me of the song "Forever Young"!

10:44 AM  
Blogger String said...

I like this series you are on to, she walks in beauty is really sparkley!

2:03 PM  
Anonymous surrealmuse said...

There is so much depth to this piece that I can tell it must be fascinating to look at in person to truly appreciate it.

9:38 PM  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Carla, I haven't looked in here for a while and your art is just amazing now! I love what you're doing with colour, composition, layering and texture, but most of all your choice of subject matter and the way you've realized it. These are fascinating, compelling pictures - wonderful!

8:45 PM  
Blogger Lenna said...

Hi Carla, Just a note to say that I feel very lucky that I was able to go to the Opening Reception of the "word-art 2007" exhibit at The Canton Artists' Guild and see your painting and meet Karen!! This painting is really so incredible in person. It's funny I love the same marbled paper you do that you used in her dress & the grass - I also wrote just a bit about the show on my blog.
Thanks again for the invite!
: ) lenna

10:13 AM  
Blogger Catnapping said...

Such a magical use of green. I love the soft edges...very organic, and to me, anything connected with mother earth is magic.

brava. one your best offerings, ever!

2:22 PM  

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