Friday, October 21, 2005
Waratahs and Memory
This gorgeous tree is flowering in my garden- the flowers are the size of cupped hands held together and after the rain today it looked just magical.
Omega in her blog has done a post on memory as well- we are threading the same needle of memory or weaving the same tapestry of memory. I have made a word document of articles/ images/ and artists I have looked at on the internet in relation to the incorporation of memory and art or textile. I will try and put it in the body of a post sometime in the next few days and make sure all the links work. One thought that occurs to me that this might be an appropriate thing to move to a Wikispace, so that those interested in memory and art can contribute in a public space- and yet it be a resource for all those interested. A book that i found an interesting read in relation to memory was Frances Yates, The Art of Memory. Omega also mentioned Proust and the famous madeleine incident, but there is another book with such a moment and that is Rainer Maria Rilke's "The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge" where he looks at a demolished wall of a building and has a physical sensation of the inhabitants- perhaps a moment of the phenomonology of Merleau-Ponty ?
And Caitlin, who noted that the shadows and texture created with textiel and stitching is what draws her to work in textile and her defence of it- if you place a quilted piece onto a colour photocopier ( not a scanner as the scanner actually seems to react to the weave of the fabric) you will see exactly what you wrote about. It fascinates me that the eye does not see this so much as perceive it yet the colour photocopier is the piece of equipment that does.