On Nabokov’s magic carpet ride

Response 3.1
                                                                                  4.5″ x 4.5″

I’ve mentioned before about my need to read as I create. In my blog on May 10th I explained about Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent heavily influencing my compositional choices in my Self [other] series.

This new series is no exception. So far I’ve been immersed in all sorts of factual and fictional works. I have become exhausted in my need to absorb words to influence and inspire my creative spirit. I’m starting to think that it would be less appropriate to write an artists statement for my Responses and instead publish a bibliography.

So here is a new Response.

On first glance it appears fairy-tale like. This was not the inspiration that lead me to this collage although now I have the urge to sink my mind into the complete works of The Brothers Grimm. Looking closer you can see I’ve been reading about Lee Krasner’s need for hieroglyphics within her work. The two number 9s in this piece were unconscious products of that conscious reading. Also whilst creating the palette of pieces for the sky I was daydreaming about Terry Pratchett’s book A Hat Full of Sky.

But above all this collage is a direct response to a passage I read by Vladimir Nabokov:

              “I like to fold my magic carpet, after use, in such a way as to superimpose one part of the pattern upon another. Let visitors trip. And the highest enjoyment of timelessness – in a landscape selected at random – is when I stand among rare butterflies and their food plants. This is ecstasy, and behind the ecstasy is something else, which is hard to explain. It is like a momentary vacuum into which rushes all that I love. A sense of oneness with sun and stone.”

So now I suppose I’ll have to read the rest of his book Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited before my next Response…


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