This is one of my dream world series: unlike Winter, or the earlier Lunar Garden, in which I recollected and translated images from nature, here the direct experience is mediated through an encounter I had with a striking painting, Carnival, by Lionel Feininger, and later, by two other artistic discoveries that deeply affected me, and which I will relate.
Remember that when Carnival was created, 1908, artists in every medium were entering a fascination with the dream world and its interpretation, which I have always shared.
Have you ever come across a combination of objects, or shapes, or colors, and immediately felt: ” This speaks to me like nothing else”, or ” I have seen this before, but in another dimension, in another world”..?
It comes at you from the side, like a collision, imprints in your mind, and becomes part of a secret tune that plays forever there.. (Surrealist artists like Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali too, delight us with their incongruous objects : they give us the delicious permission to recognize the alternate realities of our nightly dreams).
Ever since I first saw Carnival years ago, I have felt inside the scene, one of the magic creatures ambling the slanted streets. Or maybe the scene is in me. These are exactly the colors, the shapes I take in my dreams, and the traceries on the pavement and the walls still resound inside me. I actually don’t need much sleep, but when I do, I can’t wait to enter the paradise of my dream world.
The creatures in the painting are strong but delicate, the colors astounding but beautiful; seen through the lens of magic realism, they are entirely possible, yet can surely not be grasped, they have no bones.. This is who I wish to be, there but not there, to be seen and followed as I dance under the stars and give joy, but please do not pull me away, do not yank me back to a mean reality.
Over the years, the actual Carnival and the painting coalesced, and I tried to understand the reason for my obsession. Why had I never spoken of it to anyone?
But I knew. I could never speak of it because my joy in the colors, the shapes, complex patterns, even the dance gave me guilt. Such simple delight could not be permitted, I grew up thinking- one would have to pay for it.
A caterpillar shows hints of what’s to come. The colors are tightly woven waiting for the right time. When that time comes, the patterns, the symmetry are perfect. It’s time to celebrate the hidden beauty of old jewelry by transforming it into something new! Bring in your loose gems and unloved jewelry to Eve’s for:
“Jewelry Make Over Days”!
Eve will meet with you one-on-one getting to know you, your lifestyle and tastes and she’ll begin to sketch a one-of-kind masterpiece that only Eve can create. She will transform your old piece into a beautiful new treasure. You’ll quickly discover why Eve is the ‘gem’ of hand-crafted fine jewelry.
Grandmother’s wedding ring, an antique necklace, inherited bracelet, a forgotten pin, loose stones.
These are some of the wonderful jewels brought to Eve to be transformed into stunning works of art to be worn and enjoyed by you. Search through your jewelry boxes, drawers and secret hiding places and bring them to Eve next week.
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