Dreaming of Symbiosis: The Drifting Spores
12 x 12 in.
Mixed Media

          





Inspired by Dream (Twelfth Symphony) from Síppal, Dobbal, Nádihegedűvel by György Ligeti (on poems by Sándor Weöres).
Performed at the January 26th, 2018 Southern Exposure New Music Series
by Rachel Calloway of Duo Cortona and USC Percussion Studio.






Text in Hungarian:

V. Alma Alma (Tizenkettedik Szimfonia)
alma agon
alma ring az agon
alma ring a
lombos agon
ring a ring a
barna agon
ringva
ringa-ringatozva
inga
hinta
palinta
alma alma
elme alma alma
almodj alszol?
mozdulatlan lengedezve
hus szelben arnyban
alom agon
agak alma
ringva
ringa-ringatozva
ingadozva
imbolyogva
itt egyhelyben elhajozik
indiaba afrikaba holdvilagba
almodj
alma alszol?


Translation:

V. Dream (Twelfth Symphony)
An apple on the branch
an apple swings on the branch
an apple swings
on the leafy branch
swings-swings
on the brown branch
swinging
rocking
pendulum
swing (hinta)
palinta
a dream of an apple
the mind's dream an apple
dream dream?
motionlessly swinging
in the cool wind in the shadows
dream
on the branch
dream of the branches
swinging
rocking
swaying
staying in this spot it casts off
to India to Africa to the moonlight
dream
-apple, are you sleeping?



Artist's Statement:

'Alma Alma' has a somnolent quality which fits
well with the lyrics about a swaying, sleepy
apple. But I knew I didn't want to 
illustrate this piece in a literal way using
representations of actual apples. Instead,
I started with memories from my
childhood when many of my daylight hours
were spent entertaining myself alone in the
woods. I recalled how much of that time was
organized around quietly and deeply looking
at the details around me. One memory I have is
of being fascinated by red-orange spheres
that would seem to grow on tree trunks I 
often visited. I had no idea what they were called,
but because of this memory I did some research
and learned that it was sometimes called
Wolf's Milk. It turned out to be a type
of slime mold. That became the centerpiece for
the work.



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