darkness like soil

“You are holding in your body the dark seed of my sleep.” Wendell Berry (from The Country of Marriage)

In the above pieces, and more to come, I’ve been thinking about unknown spaces (especially those that recede into darkness) and how they can function in a drawing. There’s something both frightening and inviting about the dark. It can be comfortingly womb-like, but also threateningly mysterious– everything you fear can take shape in the dark, but it’s also where loves pass, and sleep, sweet or fitful.

{Joachim Patinir}

{Jenolan Caves, via BLDGBLOG}

{Fra Angelico}

{Anselm Kiefer}

{lost the source on this one…}

The primordial darkness of the universe at the moment before creation, as represented in a plate in Robert Fludd’s 1617 Utriusque Cosmi Maioris scilicet et Minoris Metaphysica, Physica, atque Technica Historia (The Metaphysical, Physical, and Technical History of the Two Worlds, Namely the Greater and the Lesser). The words Et sic in infinitum (“and like this to infinity”) are written on all four sides of the square. Courtesy Wellcome Photo Library. (caption and image from Cabinet)


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