“a crescent of glittering steel, about a foot in length from horn to horn; the horns upward, and the under edge evidently as keen as that of a razor” Edgar Allen Poe, "The Pit and the Pendulum"
What is more chilling than things that go bump in the night? How about the beating of the tell-tale heart? And the eerie repetition of an enigmatic raven? Will you drink from the cask of Amontillado? This season of Halloween and haunts and the Day of the Dead is perfect for calling up the creative contributions of Edgar Allen Poe. He was a master of his craft, an apologist for poetry, inventor of the detective stories, foreseer of quantum physics – and the writer of stories that chill us to the bone.
On the occasion of Poe’s bicentennial of his birth five years ago, I was invited to participate in an art exhibition depicting scenes from his stories and poems. Most of the artists painted ravens! Despite the fact that “The Raven” is one of my favorite poems (inspired by the raven that Dickens invented for his Barnaby Rudge), I wanted to create something more challenging. So I went with “The Pit and the Pendulum”. After several close readings of the story, I selected the scene in which the sharpened blade is swinging ever closer to the bound victim. Most of the story takes place in darkness, but the narrator describes the weapon like this: “a crescent of glittering steel, about a foot in length from horn to horn; the horns upward, and the under edge evidently as keen as that of a razor” inexorably descending with a hiss. Dread, horror and the agonizing passage of time – both too fast and too slow – dominate the story.
The close up shows the detail of the pendulum, slightly askew, as it would be seen in swift motion by an observer only anticipating the worst. Look closely and you will see I have included phrases like “tempus fugit” and "take some time to just be".
I will be bringing the original of this collage “Tempus Fugit” to the Market on Sunday, with prints of it in various sizes as well. We will be celebrating the upcoming spooky holidays.
I will also be working on my new piece, the second in the Coral Reef series.
And, Hooray for Chicago!
Go, Cubs, go!
Come along – if you dare!
Love and Peace
What Goes On:
Universe in Pieces
Fantastic Galactic Images in Collage
Fuller Lodge Art Center
2132 Central Avenue
Los Alamos, NM
Fantastic Cosmic Images in cut paper collage
Over a dozen large-scale images of planets, moons, galaxies, star birth clouds, nebulae, all embedded with secret messages and images - only a close look will reveal what you see
Opens January 15
Closes March 2
Live music and snacks
Works by Deco
Española City Hall
405 N. Paseo de Oñate
Española, New Mexico
Opens January 25
Working in the Railyard!
Railyard Artisans Market
Farmers Market Pavilion
Guadalupe and Paseo
in Santa Fe, NM
Sundays 10 am - 4 pm
February 10 & 17
March 3 & 17
Posters! Prints ! Cards!
Journals! Mouse Pads!
- Scenes of New Mexico
- Love of Beatles Original Collages
- Septet Series
- Our Lady of Guadalupe
fun things for sale
Poetry Out Loud
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW.
Sunday, February 24,
St Francis Auditorium
Santa Fe, NM
March 10, 1 pm
Prints of my Original Collage "Hear the Echoes" will be for sale at both poetry events
Fest For Beatles Fans
Jersey City, NJ
March 29-31, 2019
Music, Art, Love
Original Collages from the Love of Beatles Series will be available
Art of Santa Fe
Online Community Marketplace
Offering collage items of my designs
DECO//fine art collage
Just added to the store: full-size prints of my collage "Regard", matted and ready for framing - Here and nowhere else!
Collage items in the online store include these:
"Our Lady of Peace in Love"
small (12” x 16”)
medium (16” x 20”)
full size (18” x 24” )
Includes certificate of authenticity;
shipping via carrier of your choice
5" x 7" featuring an original collage design on the front, blank inside, available for purchase, on line or at the market.
Greeting Card Sets,
5 blank cards + envelopes, bundled into gift-ready packages
includes Scenes of New Mexico, Fine Ladies Dancing, Rising, and Perfectly Pear
Loosen Your Soul and Harvest:Fruition
each is 18" x 24", add comes rolled , ready for framing.
Prints, posters, journals, and cards make beautiful gifts
accepts payment through PayPal and Stripe!
When you are in Santa Fe:
Relax and nibble at Fire and Hops Gastropub, 222 N. Guadelupe
Shop at the Railyard Artisans Market
Farmers Market Pavilion
Paseo de Peralta & Guadalupe, Santa Fe
Studio Visits in Santa Fe:
by appointment and with a smile!
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