ashy gold + orange

ashy gold + orange | mixed media on birch panel | 12 x 12 in | $200 USD* | framed

I have taken scales from off

The cheeks of the moon.

I have made fins from bluejays’ wings,

I have made eyes from damsons in the shadow.

I have taken flushes from the peachlips in the sun.

From all these I have made a fish of heaven for you,

Set it swimming on a young October sky.

I sit on the bank of the stream and watch

The grasses in amazement

As they turn to ashy gold.

Are the fishes from the rainbow

Still beautiful to you,

For whom they are made,

For whom I have set them,

Swimming?

Fishmonger by Marsden Hartley

In his poem, I love how Marsden takes words and imagery, and makes them completely his own. It doesn’t seem to matter if the reader doesn’t understand exactly what ‘flushes from the peachlips’ are. The reader can experience the poem by figuring it out, or not, on her own. An act of disregard for the reader that frees the artist and actually produces a creative, collaborative result.

I painted the large orange shape over existing images, losing them under the surface except for a few details. It was a risk that I took, on a dare to myself. The spray paint landed. My heart beat faster as I looked at the transformation and I whispered, this is completely my own.

*Cost does not include shipping.
Framed dimensions of artwork: 13 1/2 H x 13 1/2 W x 3/4 D (inches).
Frame finish can be: black, white or natural wood.

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