Letters from the Wasteland
Some words ‘taste better’ than other words.
Yes, ‘taste’… hold them on your tongue.
Press them against your palate like a toffee.
That is the way to taste words.
I love words.
Words like Westenwind (which is far nicer than the English ‘West wind’)
Kaleidoscoop (sounds the same in both languages)
Wasteland (which is an almost magical word. The dictionary says in Dutch:
‘woestenij’ but when you translate the word ‘waste’ it says ‘verkwist.’
‘Verkwist land’ comes more close to ‘wasteland.’)
You will find all those words in my post and/or art today.
(You can click on each image to enlarge for a better view)
(Size: 25 x 21 cm - 9.8 x 8.3 inch)
doet de wolken tuimelen
| Strong wind from the West
makes the clouds twirl and tumble
I made this ‘canvas’ last week. It’s not really a canvas but a cardboard panel,
which I covered with paper that has a linen structure.
I had the word ‘Wasteland’ on my mind (and in my small notebook
that I keep to jot down ideas, words and quotes) for a while now.
It was just waiting for the right idea to come along.
That idea came a weeks ago…
I’m working on a series of ‘letters’.
I cut words and (parts of) sentences from an old book (Fairy tales by
Hans Christian Andersen) and combine them to form different ‘letters’.
The art pieces are the size of a postcard. I work on loose sheets of paper,
and glue the pieces into a journal later. Here’s the journal I bound for that.
(Size: 17 x 12 cm – 6.7 x 4.7 inch)
View of the spine – I used the Coptic binding stitch.
(Size: 16 x 11 cm - 6.3 x 4.3 inch)
Letter from the Wasteland #2
(Letter ‘found’ by highlighting certain words on the underlying book page…)
The golden paint (watercolour) gives a strange effect. When viewed straight,
it looks a bit brown or grey, but when you turn the page a bit, the gold begins
to shimmer. Aaah, nice!
This reminds me of these lines:
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost…
Some of you will know these lines maybe…
I’m really curious which of you recognize this phrase -
do you know who wrote this?
Let me know by leaving two (or four ) initials in your comment.
(If this sounds cryptic to you, you don’t know the phrase, ha!)
Enjoy the (long) weekend dear ones!