This is a great Interview and well worth listening to the whole lot. Two writing giants, two different approaches.
Luckily, I am broken. I have been broken for most of my adult life.
They say your life runs in 3 and 7 year cycles, well I had a 7 year cycle from 15 – 22yrs which broke me three times. Breaks that each irrevocably shattered a chamber of my heart. I have written about a bit of that process HERE (there are three parts the links at the bottom of each post)
I have perhaps been overly protective of the forth chamber ever since. And having glimpsed people who have had the four chamber broken, I am not sure I am brave enough to walk that path.
Instead, much like the art of Kintsugi I have held the cracks and fissures together with gold. Valuing and allowing the beauty of those marks to shine as part of me.
When I run my hand over the past, over the raised scars, it still hurts. Yet that pain has brought with it some of the deepest wisdom and compassion to my character and life. It has given me a personal well to draw on, one that informs my life. And even more so my creativity. Ironically we don’t often write from the lighter happier experiences, more often we write from aches. We reach out into the collective unconscious and find the collective experience of that ache and work with it.
I don’t think I would write what I do without those breaks. I don’t think I would live with so much optimism while still seeing the darkness. The interesting thing is as veterans of these kind of wounds, you empathise with the wounds of others that are different. You can somehow step more readily into their shoes and feel with them their break.
Poets and artists have long known the windfall of damaged souls. This damage propels you into a landscape of shared humanity, of a shared vulnerability. As strange as it sounds, you start to worry the pain will leave and you will be left in a state of numb pleasantness that is the death to creativity.
‘Kintsugi is a Japanese craft that both repairs and beautifies broken objects using gold leaf. By accentuating the break rather than hiding it, kintsugi honors the history of the object.’ more HERE
I am a great believer in the role of beauty to shift consciousness.
The impact of a breathtaking vista, the perfection of a fern frond as it unfolds, the prisms of light as they shine for the smallest moment through a drop of rain. Beauty acts on us like displays of the human spirt; which are profoundly moving, inspiring and highly charged. Beauty I feel, hits us as hard but deep under the surface. It’s like when you are in the presence of perfect form, when the mathematics align and the whole is at the same time so perfectly natural, something inside you aligns with it and starts to shift to that frequency.
Karin Weber writes:
Amid so many insecurities in the world today, Małgorzata Chodakowska uses the uncompromising nature of her works to arrive at a sense of a security. Her medium is wood. usually from uprooted trees. The wood grains from the tree trunks of basswood, pear. cherry and oak come alive and follow her as she removes layers of wood to reveal larger-than-life sized ﬁgures. neo-realistic nude ﬁgures. clad ﬁgures, and busts – a process whereby the wood seems to shed its skin. the wood itself appears to be turned inside out. The ﬁgures are a continuation of the growth of the trees themselves. sprouting ﬁrst from the earth and then ﬁnding themselves rooted within the artist and her dreams, expectations and demands. her self image and her personal experiences. Behind the daily passions which remain hidden for most of us. the artist reveals what really moves people. as she exposes the timeless beauty of the creation of a human being
Her works are a romantic phenomenon in our present time. a time in which countless artists reject beauty in the name of modernity and denounce it as a “bad habit”. And what a great mistake that is! After all, beauty is a most basic need for all of us. read more here
Naturally given what I write, I think love is a form of beauty and the body a form of art. In The Painted Heart and in the subsequent series of The Painted Sisters, the body as a canvas and a form of living art is explored. In The Bound Heart I touch on the dichotomy between nudity in art and in life, the grey zone of porn and eroticism. Chodakowska uses the human form often naked or clad in ‘the wet look’ to fully show form and shape. There is a deep seated sensuality that comes from nature, through the wood, and often encased in metal. Elemental as it shifts us into our own natures.
Tutt Arts writes:
Chodakowska lifts her craftsmanship in wood and bronze to the magical world of experience in which the balance between beauty and perfection delivers the most beautiful tension. Her angelic figures radiate an paradise type authority, intriguing and most irresistibly attractive. The suggestion of perfection, the challenging energy of an equally powerful as subdued seduction. Her work is obviously highly respected in nowadays top sculpture art market.
Chodakowska studied sculpture art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1985). She continued her study at the Art Academy in Vienna (1988). In 1991, Chodakowska completed her dissertation in Vienna (Bruno Gironkoli). She has been honored with the highly selective granted ‘Masterclass Award ☞’. Read more here.
Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers
Just have to share this photographer, Sarah Moon.
She started her career as a model and then moved behind the camera and did fashion shoots and now art shots.
The elements which attracted me were the moodiness of the images, the finish of some of them making them aged and with a grunge feel and the way each image has a story to tell, a moment in a greater unfolding. Even the posed shots feel like a moment in time, a moment of stillness in an event that’s unfolding out of the picture frame and before and after the shot. As a writer that excites me. That get’s my story brain working and wandering.
This analogical dialog through images, feelings, shape and colour is a language that feeds the spirit. I believe we all need to find elements in our life where we give space to analogical discourse between us as individuals, and the world and people around us. It adds to the rational and digital elements of day to day life. The patterns of actions we undertake, the tasks we perform in our jobs and in family and friend units. Our relationship with beauty is analogical. Our relationship with nature is analogical, music, art, story, poetry, they all reach out and speak to us in that undefined language.
Sara Moons photography shows that communication beautifully I think.
Meg Cowell is a photographic artist based in Melbourne, Australia, who submerges clothes and photographs them.
Symbolically she is interested in the transformative power of feminine clothes, inspired by fairy tales, children’s stories and also literature like Ophelia. The idea that the down trodden, or ordinary girl’s transformation into a princess is shown through the gown / change in fashion.
Her symbolism really attracted me while writing The Bound Heart, where the heroine Olive Thompson finds a path to independence through art embroidery and fashion.
The role of sewing and embroidery in Victorian times were often roads of liberation for women who had to support themselves at the loss or abandonment of a husband. This role has often been denigrated or undervalued. However, women took this field of work and used it to quietly build independent lives (seamstress) and to establish themselves as artists (art embroidery).
It was also an area of real activism. The great debate around the corset, was used in women’s literature at the time to represent the corseted nature of women in society. Novelists had their female character express some of her radicalism through dress, as in the New Woman by stepping away from expected dress patterns. The releasing of the corset and the rise of suffragettes can’t be seen separately when women and her clothing are so closely linked.
This relationship to clothes and their ability express our position in society, and also act as a vehicle to transform our place in society and our view of ourselves is still very present.
Have a look at the video’s below of Meg’s work, they are amazingly beautiful and quietly powerful.
A fellow writer friend, Cassandra L Shaw, shared this video. The visualizations of bird sounds.
It reminded me of another philosopher, musician and writer David Rothernburg. he’s written some interesting books, one is Why do Birds Sing. There is a Cd where he plays along with the birds on his clarinet. you can listen to some samples on amazon HERE
He says that to understand bird song you need the knowledge of the scientist the poet and the musician.
The Veiled Heart is at the Frankfurt International Book Fair for the next few days. Wish me luck <3
Nice to see it sitting at 29 in Gothic Romance today <3
#29 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Gothic
#53 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Gothic
#57 in Books > Romance > Gothic
It will go free for the first time end of the week.
Every weekend, a group of us sign up at My Sexy Saturday: 7 sentences or 7 paragraphs from a work in progress. Here’s mine for the week again from THE VEILED HEART.
She couldn’t say how long it was before he lifted from her and tapped his cane on the cab roof.
She should move but she couldn’t even open her eyes; and really, how could anyone expect her to? The cab must be full of feathers. She’d clawed up angel wings in that white cloud of bliss and she was still floating back down to the bench. Back to a life that would now look entirely different.
Gentle hands worked to straighten her skirts.
There was no impetus to move. The firm but gentle administrations, adjusting her skirt, stroking her arm, small murmurs, were melting her on the inside with the soft kindness of it all. Even out of courtesy.
She wanted to say something, give something back.
“Thank you; that was most enlightening.” Heat immediately rushed up her face at the absurd whisper.
Idiot; she was keeping her eyes closed, perhaps for the rest of her life.
Link to My Sexy Saturday: www.mysexysaturday.blogspot.com
I have this song on repeat. A bit of a little Red Riding Hood feel ….
Don’t let me in with no intention to keep me
Jesus Christ! Don’t be kind to me.
Honey don’t feed me – I will come back.
Photographic Artist using irony to make motivate and change stereo types. Great TED talk. You can fine a series more information about her and her fairy-tale images here
I find her freedom of spirit and creative expression very motivating and stimulating for my own creative process.
STATEMENT from Uldus
Every shot I take is influenced by something, and each photo tells a story. I reference things that are special to me. Whether it is an old film, a song, a painting, or a poem. It’s all about telling a story. I am constantly inspired and my way of expressing this is by taking photos, it’s my way of sharing my experiences. There are way too many bland, cold, boring fashion and lifestyle photos out there. My photos try to express something deeper then today’s average trendy photo formula. I make it a point to get away from that. I want to be learning something or feeling something when I’m looking at a photo – so I try to create the same experience with my photography. With my art. With my Life! I am deeply inspired with Pre-Raphaelites , poetry of XIX Century, with paganism and Russ Land fairy tales, at the same time i am very passionate about modernity, media, i love super heroes, especially Iron Man, i love German language and colored hairs on girls. So, all these little and big things come to me and get to you from me through my art photography! Generally my statement isto be free and flow with emotions. I am gaining to bring beauty and positive emotions to people! I live for that! STAY HIGH!
One of my favorite Kate Bush songs <3