We buy what we cannot control, the rugs,
rhythm-makers, containing refrains of
the oldest story: a man takes a journey.
I have no stories inside me, he says,
so travels on, to rest beneath a carpet
of blue constellations, star patterns
at the edges of disordered border walls.
At the center, a meditative medallion
makes a moving immortal-flowered ground:
to live there is to give oneself over
to greenness, redness, occasional blues,
holding those spirits of woollen dyes
rising from the knots within to breathe
against the woven, multi-colored air.
—excerpt from Figures in the Carpets by David Schloss
Inspired by a photograph of the small and exquisite ruins of a saint’s tomb along the banks of the Nile in Egypt. And by The Girl Who Loved The Wind. And by Persian and Indian miniatures…
Now available as a giclée print, or stretched canvas, on Society6.
“And the air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say. But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said. Big Things lurk unsaid inside.”
― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
Got an invitation for ya!
The Goddesses of Small Things is a group show featuring 10 Darwin artists, working in miniature.
The invitation itself was put together and photographed by Marita Albers, who then had the invitation printed as photographs—which I thought a stroke of genius, as these glossy, ‘snapshot’ invitations have a very different feel to the standard printed postcards typically used: that sense of the simple pleasures that fill our everyday lives…intimate, somehow, more personal…and delightfully, endearingly DIY.
It’s intimidating and exciting to be among some of Darwin’s most formidable artists at this show…these ladies are household names in the NT, their work visible not only in most art lovers’ homes, but in many prominent public spaces, as well.
Most of the goddesses have some sort of online presence—please have a look at their respective blogs and portfolios to get an idea of their work.
Hey, hope to see you at the show opening this Friday!