member of:Observers of the Interdependence of Domestic Objects and Their Influence on Everyday Life


This group has been active for a long time and has already made some remarkable assertions which render life simpler from the practical point of view. For example, I move a pot of green color five centimeters to the right, I push in the thumbtack beside the comb and if Mr. A (another adherent like me) at this moment puts his volume about bee-keeping beside a pattern for cutting out vests, I am sure to meet on the sidewalk of the avenida Madero a woman who intrigues me and whose origin and address I never could have known...
--Remedios Varo


(Artwork by Remedios Varo)
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
--Franz Kafka

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Visionary




Poem by Vesna, illustration by me :)




The Visionary

For everybody else
it was a piece of dry land.
The land with lots of small rocks,
just randomly placed, with no beauty in their shape;
invaluable rocks, sharp and grey.
He saw it as the beautiful garden.

For everybody else
it was a path to somewhere else.
Somewhere where it is greener, softer, more colourful, more comfortable.
Somewhere that you hurry towards
to get away from this place.
He saw it as the ultimate destination.

For everybody else
the wind on that hill was harsh.
The wind that takes hats off, messes up hair.
The wind that brings the rain;
the wind you want to stop.
He saw it as a sign of life.

He moved the rocks,
he made the garden.
He stayed on that path,
he made it his ultimate destination.
He used the wind
at the end to fly away.

--Vesna


(zoe: I figured he'd need some water on his rock, so there's the tree aloe and the baby albatross. an albatross can fly for five years over the seas without ever stopping on land, even sleeping while it's flying...and the baby seems pretty large to me, and looks like it's wearing a judge's wig. :))

8 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your illustration, Zoe. Seriously, good job!.

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  2. It is fabulous to see your illustration on the black background:)))
    I love it!
    So happy to see our collaboration again:)))

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  3. thank you, zaina! that's very kind--your ink work is insanely creative and beautiful!

    vesnice, you make me so happy! i love working with you! thank you for the poem :)

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  4. What a beautiful and creative team, I would love to own a book of poems and illustrations by the two of you!

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  5. Beautiful... the poem and illustration both! I love the pose of the man.

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  6. Beautiful poem and somehow it suits my current state of emotion. It's encouraging.
    Your illustration is beautiful, Zoe. That man exudes strong determination and he has kind eyes.
    The details of those flowers are beautiful. Great job:)

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  7. Really amazing work. The poem is beautiful, I love it very much. It is the expression of a sweet and sensitive soul. :) I like also the rithm in it and the story it tells. :)Very very nice, Vesna.
    What about the paint? It depicts the atmosphere of the poem, adding a bit of mistery to it. I like the man's expression a lot and the flowers at the root of the tree...beauty in a desert! The vision of the man. The Hope in a hopeless place. That's what your paint makes me think Zoe.
    Congratulations for your really beautiful work from the deep of my heart. You are a great team.

    A big hug to both. :)

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  8. A perfect fable about strength, determination, hope, destiny, dreams... and much more. Vesna and Zoe, you are a unique team. You've made my day, once again. Biggest hugs to you, my inspiring ladies.

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