Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Dangers of Deceit


"From wild horses on the plain to fish within the sea, all creatures recognize their young. It's only man, whose arrogance and pride will make his son his deadly enemy."
(excerpt taken from Sohrab and Rostam in the Shahname, by Abolqasem Ferdowsi)
I read the aforementioned story of Sohrab and Rostam and was deeply touched by this tragic but beautiful story. Although I read it in English instead of it's native language, I still found it beautifully flowing & poetic.

Taken from Shahname (the Iranian Book of Kings), it was written by Abolqasem Ferdowsi (932-1025). It is a tragic tale in that a father unknowingly kills his own son who threatens the Shah of Iran.

The biggest underlying theme I got out of this story was deceit and how it leads to tragedy. From the very beginning little pieces of deception grow & manifest & become the characters' own enemies. It is deceit that ultimately leads to the death of a son by the hands of his own father.

I thought it was a great reminder to be truthful and honest, even forthcoming in all ways possible because deceit can be deadly.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

"Gutsy" Artist


We as artists are always trying to find ways to get what’s inside on some sort of plane. Sometimes it is a memory, other times a fantasy. We use charcoal, pencils, paints, camera film. Sometimes what we are portraying is only an abstract thought on life, love, or pain. Other times it is rather concrete….a commonly known fact, tossed around in the palette for a while, like an expensive wine. But, another artist has taken a less conventional approach…a bit educational & obvious, raw & intriguing at the same time.

The artist? Philip Ornell.

His medium? A small, endoscopic medical camera he swallowed.
The subject? The digestive track of his body.

Using a small endoscopic camera, he allowed an audience to view the camera’s journey through his body as a part of digestion. It may seem odd or raw or disgusting to some, but I find it refreshing that he is trying to show us that our bodies are not disgusting but are indeed worthy of exploration.

Our bodies are fascinating inside & out, with all their intricate workings. We should not be so afraid to inspect them on the inside or the out. We have inspected them, in fact on the outside for centuries now & I do agree it is time for the next step.

I would like to take the time to thank this artist for being honest, raw, and even satisfying my curiosity as well as educating me on my innards.



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