Friday, May 20, 2011

Jane: Final

Here is my painting series, along with the Pablo Neruda poems they illustrate:

Ode to the Book (II)

minuscule forest,
after leaf,
your paper
of the elements,
you are
matutinal and nocturnal,
in your ancient pages
bear hunters,
near the Mississippi,
in the islands,
and roads,
Rimbaud like a wounded
fish bleeding
thumping in the mud,
and the beauty
of fellowship,
stone by stone
the human castle rises,
sorrows intertwined
with strength,
actions of solidarity,
from pocket
to pocket,
red star.
the wandering
the world,
at every door
life received us,
we took part
in the earthly struggle.
What was our victory?
A book,
a book full
of human touches,
of shirts,
a book
without loneliness, with men
and tools,
a book
is victory.
It lives and falls
like all fruit,
it doesn’t just have light,
it doesn’t just have
it fades,
it sheds its leaves,
it gets lost
in the streets,
it tumbled to earth.
book of poetry,
snow and moss
on your pages
so that footsteps
and eyes
may keep carving
once more
describe the world to us,
the springs
in the middle of the forest,
the high woodlands,
the polar
and man
on the roads,
on the new roads,
in the jungle,
in the water,
in the sky,
in the naked solitude of the sea,
the ultimate secrets,
with a book,
the hunter back again
with a book,
the farmer
with a book.

Ode To Wine
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 Day-colored wine,
night-colored wine,
wine with purple feet
or wine with topaz blood,
starry child
of earth,
wine, smooth
as a golden sword,
as lascivious velvet,
wine, spiral-seashelled
and full of wonder,
never has one goblet contained you,
one song, one man,
you are choral, gregarious,
at the least, you must be shared.
At times
you feed on mortal
your wave carries us
from tomb to tomb,
stonecutter of icy sepulchers,
and we weep
transitory tears;
spring dress
is different,
blood rises through the shoots,
wind incites the day,
nothing is left
of your immutable soul.
stirs the spring, happiness
bursts through the earth like a plant,
walls crumble,
and rocky cliffs,
chasms close,
as song is born.
A jug of wine, and thou beside me
in the wilderness,
sang the ancient poet.
Let the wine pitcher
add to the kiss of love its own.

My darling, suddenly
the line of your hip
becomes the brimming curve
of the wine goblet,
your breast is the grape cluster,
your nipples are the grapes,
the gleam of spirits lights your hair,
and your navel is a chaste seal
stamped on the vessel of your belly,
your love an inexhaustible
cascade of wine,
light that illuminates my senses,
the earthly splendor of life.

But you are more than love,
the fiery kiss,
the heat of fire,
more than the wine of life;
you are
the community of man,
chorus of discipline,
abundance of flowers.
I like on the table,
when we're speaking,
the light of a bottle
of intelligent wine.
Drink it,
and remember in every
drop of gold,
in every topaz glass,
in every purple ladle,
that autumn labored
to fill the vessel with wine;
and in the ritual of his office,
let the simple man remember
to think of the soil and of his duty,
to propagate the canticle of the wine. 

Ode To The Lemon
From blossoms
by the moonlight,
from an
aroma of exasperated
steeped in fragrance,
drifted from the lemon tree,
and from its plantarium
lemons descended to the earth.

Tender yield!
The coasts,
the markets glowed
with light, with
unrefined gold;
we opened
two halves
of a miracle,
congealed acid
from the hemispheres
of a star,
the most intense liqueur
of nature,
unique, vivid,
born of the cool, fresh
of its fragrant house,
its acid, secret symmetry.

sliced a small
in the lemon,
the concealed apse, opened,
revealed acid stained glass,
oozed topaz,
cool architecture.

So, when you hold
the hemisphere
of a cut lemon
above your plate,
you spill
a universe of gold,
yellow goblet
of miracles,
a fragrant nipple
of the earth's breast,
a ray of light that was made fruit,
the minute fire of a planet.

Ode to My Socks
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 Mara Mori brought me
a pair of socks
which she knitted herself
with her sheepherder's hands,
two socks as soft as rabbits.
I slipped my feet into them
as if they were two cases
knitted with threads of twilight and goatskin,
Violent socks,
my feet were two fish made of wool,
two long sharks
sea blue, shot through
by one golden thread,
two immense blackbirds,
two cannons,
my feet were honored in this way
by these heavenly socks.
They were so handsome for the first time
my feet seemed to me unacceptable
like two decrepit firemen,
firemen unworthy of that woven fire,
of those glowing socks.

Nevertheless, I resisted the sharp temptation
to save them somewhere as schoolboys
keep fireflies,
as learned men collect
sacred texts,
I resisted the mad impulse to put them
in a golden cage and each day give them
birdseed and pieces of pink melon.
Like explorers in the jungle
who hand over the very rare green deer
to the spit and eat it with remorse,
I stretched out my feet and pulled on
the magnificent socks and then my shoes.

The moral of my ode is this:
beauty is twice beauty
and what is good is doubly good
when it is a matter of two socks
made of wool in winter. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Asya - Final Project and other work

Here is a photo series of each panel of my project in the making.

First, I put down a layer of water color to the irate middle-aged Russian man in the story, and added pen lines to make his features stand out.

I did the same thing with the naive young reporter. The jawline was a little off but I fixed it later. I cajoled two friends into posing for me as references for both men.

I then added angry red lines in the background to signify yelling, but it turned out messy-looking.

So, I cut out both men but didn't like not having a background. I think I like how the rolled cuffs on the shirt came out the best.

I used paper that I painted with water color to layer blocks of color and give the impression of a harsh interaction taking place between the men. The orange coming from the eyes of the Russian is supposed to invoke laser beam eyes. Laser beams of anger! The faces are overdone; I should have used less color.

The second piece of my triptych was a painting of a goldfish, a central figure in the story.

I got annoyed that I kept using oil paints like water colors and layered the paint on with a palette knife.

Final result: shocked-looking goldfish. Awesome!

Next I threw water color on another sheet and inked out a man.

It is the Russian, trapped in his own goldfish bowl.

Conflict resolution - sad but peaceful. I hope I gave the impression of water.

Here are some other pieces I've worked on during the semester.

I drew several pictures of Robert Krulwich when he came to speak at Brown about Radiolab, which is probably the best podcast in the world.

This bull with a teacup drawing is for story-telling club ("Bull and scones", a play on "Skull and Bones").

My friend Vish looking depressed while studying physics.

RISD museum statue.

RISD museum photograph.

Unfinished tree rendered in 0.5mm pens.

My bf looking intense while doing his physics homework.

More physics - Al's Breakfast - Oinkytown!

A couple at the Brown Folk Festival.

Self-portrait while sitting on a bus for four hours. So tired/hungry/sick of bus smells!

Creepin' on Ian teaching in class -surprise! :)

Thanks for a great semester.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Abby...Animals/HybridAnimals final project

Step 1: pencil sketching in RISD Nature Lab (Mousedeer, Lizard, Armadillo)
Step 2: scanning sketches into computer, printing them out
Step 3: pen drawings/markings on the printed out scans
Step 4: The creation of entirely new species! (1.armadillo/lizard 2.armadillo/lizard/mousedeer 3. mousedeer/armadillo)

Jonathan 10: Miscellaneous Sketches