Friday, November 27, 2009

Painted from Memory (MA Project)

Painted from memory is a sort of portrait of a disappointment.
for awhile I was obsessed with ideas of love and longing.
I knew I could find my future major project by thinking through these
universal themes in art , music and writing.
I spent lovely afternoons in Dublin's National Gallery looking at work by
Murilllo and Rembrandt,plus Edward Munch.
I listened to Martin Hayes and Joni Mitchell, Tindersticks and Nick Cave.

"Trouble lies in sullen pools along the road I've taken
Sightless windows stare the empty street
No love beckons me save that which I've forsaken
The anguish of my solitude is sweet."

I began with an idea about a photographer who looses the love of a women, he has no photograph of her, so he tries to create one, using another woman as his model.
He has to paint her from memory.
He cannot either remember or forget her, without a photograph.
I was interested in how things far from us can be desirable. 
James Elkins writes in the object stares back, that ╩╗the allure increases with
the distance╩╝ I think thats true.

There's gotta be a record of you someplace
You gotta be on somebody's books
The lowdown - a picture of your face
Your injured looks
The sacred and profane
The pleasure and the pain
Somewhere your fingerprints remain concrete
And it's your face I'm looking for on every street.

The journey's longer than
I thought my love
There's lots of things
Get in the way
But every time I think of you
You just steal my heart away

Just like the sunshine after rain
I'll come
To be with you will save the day
'Cos I know
When I'm with you again
You just steal my heart away

From Van Morrison steal my heart away

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