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Oceanus

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Garden Art

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Today is the 1st day of the 2012 Vashon Spring Studio Tour.  I am hoping for sunny weather and many visitors to share my new work with!


The Labyrinth

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The Labyrinth
Zeus, Zeus himself could not undo these nets
Of stone encircling me.  My mind forgets
The persons I have been along the way,
The hated way of monotonous walls,
Which is my fate.  The galleries seem straight
But curve furtively, forming secret circles
At the terminus of years;  and the parapets
Have been worn smooth by the passage of days,
Here, in the tepid alabaster dust,
Are tracks that frighten me.  The hollow air
Of evening sometimes brings a bellowing,
Or the echo, desolate, of bellowing.
I know that hidden in the shadows there
Lurks another, whose task is to exhaust
The loneliness that braids and weaves this hell,
To crave my blood, and to fatten on my death.
We seek each other.  Oh, if only this
Were the last day of our antithesis!

Jorge Luis Borges, translated by John Updike

My Monoprint The Labyrinth is 30 x 22.5 in.  I have done four Monoprint variations around this theme and image.  I used this image on my invitation for the Vashon Island Spring Studio Tour.

Achilles Heel

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Achilles
by Carol Ann Duffy

Myth’s river – where his mother
dipped him, fished him, a
slippery golden boy flowed on,
his name on its lips.

Without him, it was prophesied,
they would not take Troy.

Women hid him, concealed him
in girls’ sarongs; days of
sweetmeats, spices, silver songs …

But when Odysseus came, with an
athlete’s build, a sword and a shield,
he followed him to the battlefield,
the crowd’s roar,

And it was sport, not war,
his charmed foot on the ball …

But then his heel, his heel, his heel …

Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s Poet Laureate 2009, composed this poem on the occasion of  footballer David Beckham’s injury to his Achilles tendon.



Achilles Heel is my Monotype Print (30 x 15 1/4 in.) created for exhibition in my studio during the 2012 Vashon Island Art Studio tour.

Oceanus

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While priming "Oceanus", my cut steel garden art this afternoon, I was excited by the white on almost white background and took this photo.

In Greek myth Oceanus was the personification of the world-ocean and the Titan son of Uranus and Gaia.  My version of the world ocean is a perfect square!

You can see and purchase “Oceanus” during the Spring 2012 Vashon Studio Tour, the first two weekends in May, 5-6, 12-13.

Hero Jason

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My Rust Print “Jason” is intended  to represent a hero’s  journey.  Specifically it is meant to encapsulate the story of the Argonautika, the Quest for the Golden Fleece and introduce a series of prints made from rust whose subject is Journey.

Not long after Jason’s birth the throne of his father Aeson, benevolent king of Iolcus, (Thessaly Greece today), was usurped by Pelias his tyrannical half brother.  Pelias threatened to kill any who might challenge his claim to the kingdom, so Jason was hidden and the story of his untimely death told to deceive Pelias.

Jason, (12 x 12 x 1.5 in.), is made by rusting a COR-TEN steel plate to muslin fabric, mounting that fabric to dimensional panel and then finishing it with acrylic and wax mediums.  Jasonand four more Rust Prints from the Journey series will be exhibited in my studio, studio number 6, during the Spring 2012 Vashon Studio Tour.