Woman in Green... Recycled
-Shadowbox Anomalous Series-

20 x 39 in.
Mixed Media

[on extended loan to the Patti Boltz Collection]


Inspired by Bitter-Sweet 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:

VI. Keseredes (67. Magyar Etude)
Szantottam, szantottam het tuzes sarkannyal,
hej, vegig bevetettem hullo konnyeimmel.
Szaz nyilo rozsarol as erdon almodtam,
hej, tobbet nem aludtam, felig ebren voltam.
Hajnalban folkeltem, kakukszot szamoltam,
hej, visznek eskuvore kedves galambommal.


VI. Bitter-Sweet (67th Hungarian Etude)
I plowed, I plowed with seven fiery dragons,
Heigh-ho, I sowed nothing but lilies of the valley.
I plowed, I plowed with a beautiful diamond plow,
Heigh-ho, everywhere I sowed my tears.
In the forest, I dreamed of a hundred blossoming roses,
Heigh-ho, I slept no longer, was half awake,
In the early morning I got up, counted the cuckoo calls,
Heigh-ho, they are taking me to be wed to my sweetheart.

Artist's Statement:

This was inspired more by the music of 'Bitter-Sweet'
than the poetry. Since I was young and first began
thinking of mortality, I have wanted to be buried in
the roots of a tree. A friend wrote a lovely short
story about my thoughts on that about 20 years ago.
recently I found a company that comes close - 
Capsula Mundi. This is an elderly woman curled into
a fetal position. She has skin painted dark green (a
play on the Celtic Green Man) and has become the seed of
new growth above and roots reaching below. She has
symbols painted on her skin that reflect her
personal journey while she lived. Her arms and head
positioned together form a circle or nascent spiral...
the cycle continuing. The yellow canvas is the fiery
forger of the creative universe. She has recycled
herself into life anew.

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