The magnificent Joni Mitchell, one of the most visionary creative icons of the past century, on freedom, success, and the source of creativity.
The above sentiment rings with particular poignancy in the middle of Banned Books Week, as we reflect on how censorship thwarts the very freedom essential for creativity.
Uncovered summer skin reveals
Colourful and private tapestries
Magical symbols, lizards, love
Letters moving, alive, pictures
In a human book.
(this started off as a haiku and then I kind of lost control of it but in a good way:)
"I’m trying to distance myself from the idea that youth is the best time of life, because a lot of my friends are really anxious about growing older. I’m studying classical drawing, which helps. It really slows things down. We can work an entire month on a single drawing. And I don’t plan on reaching my peak before the age of fifty."
Why I never went to Somerset House before Sunday, after almost 4 years in London, I have no idea. Why I have never been to Peru, well that’s another story but when I heard about the Futurismo Ancestral exhibition by Sixe Parades which examines the Peruvian aesthethic would be going on last weekend I was intrigued. It was a sunny day and nothing prepared me for the scale of the courtyard at Somerset House. It reminds me of Anglo-Irish buildings that I’ve seen in Dublin but on a giant scale.
The exhibition took place in the basement and this strange grey underground setting made it seem all the more vibrant. The first room was hung with rainbow coloured Andean style wall hangings. We then passed through corridors below streetlevel to a damp, strange subterranean room, complete with ancient grave stones set into the wall, where it was so dark that the light had an eerie glow like candlelight. The bright Peruvian tapestries were most effective here, the strange setting giving the viewer the feeling that they alone are discovering the sacred nature of the artefacts. Uncovering a Peruvian essence, even if they can’t afford to get to Peru.
This subtle exhibition is a treat for the visual senses.