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Visual Poetry…

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A selection of my most recent work. A visual representation of the writing I love. My body is the paper, the ink my passion.

x BV

GWENDOLYN AS GARTERS

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“We real cool.

We Left school.

We Lurk late.

We Strike straight.

We Sing sin.

We Thin gin.

We Jazz June

We die soon.”

*Based on the poem “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks.

Read more here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15433

EYES WIDE SHUT

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“Eyes Shut,

Mouth open”

*From “Traumnovelle” or “Dream Story” by Arthur Schnitzler. This is the story from which Stanley Kubrick based his film: “Eyes wide shut”.

Read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream_Story

INK

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“My ink of 1000 years is made of pine soot and of tears”

*From my own poetry.

HEART ON SLEEVE

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“Heart on sleeve and head in hands,

What the body wants the soul demands”

*From my own poetry.

ISLAND

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“I’m in the middle of an island,

“Buried in the sand,

Lost in the desert,

I’m in the palm of your hand”

*From my own poetry.

RED RIDING HOOD

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“Little red riding hood, lost in the wood,

Though all is here there is nothing good”

*From my own poetry.

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Birthday Girl…

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Surrender gracefully the things of youth...

Surrender gracefully the things of youth…

This is my birthday portrait. This year on the 19th of April I turned 28. The inspiration for this image came from my grandmother; when I was little my grandmother had a beautiful calligraphic script of the poem Desiderata (Latin: desired things) by Max Ehrmann 1927 on her wall:

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

The line of this poem that struck me even as a child in the most profound way is: “gracefully surrendering the things of youth”. What does this mean in our changing times? I have been all too willing in my own life time to surrender my things of youth and be a proper “grown up”. My birthday portrait is based on this; is it time to retire my things of youth? Is it time to retire my big black boots, my concert t-shirts and my short shorts? When are we really grown up? When is it time to surrender ourselves to time?

x BV

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Friday – Vendredi

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A sample of my body calligraphy…

For the past few weeks I have been creating a simple body calligraphy piece and a conceptual art photograph to sum up my week. I send one out every week with my Twitter “Follow Friday” (#FF is the people I recommend following). It has been a wonderful creative exercise for me; not only do I get to expose my work to a trusted audience but I also get to connect once a week to the people I love.

I hope you enjoy them.

x BV

* My calligraphy is created with hand ground Chinese “1000 year” pine soot ink sticks and done with a traditional Shūfǎ 書法 brush. All photos shot with my phone except the last 2 weeks.