Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The Heart Has Four Chambers

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Blogger netinous said...

fitting title, helluva job, too. green of her shirt a backdrop to the entire place, like the black lines around her, as well, and her size relative to it all, which doesn't make her diminutive, as I'd always fear in drawing a person small in relation to the general composition, but as if it all emanates from her. first time I've seen her--a memorable way to first see someone.

9:35 PM  
Blogger tearful dishwasher said...


Yeah, this one gave me isn't my normal vocabulary, and Jill IS tiny, her face barely visible, but...

I like it.

Yeah, the first time I've seen her, too. Also a memorable way to first see someone...

Anyway, enjoyed your thoughts, as always.



10:54 PM  
Blogger OrphanedPoet said...

meth makes a good point in his study of this: the small bit of pea green peeking out
of jill's heavy dark coat seems to be the source of all the colors around her as though
she's a veritable font of the surreal color and form, but she appears lost in it. she has the same stunned expression as the the lovely matisse
painting, the girl with the green eyes
- even the stiffened, extended neck
stretch is similar, staring out, lost in the flamboyant colors around her.

here, jill seems to be concealing the colors under her coat- trying to keep it in- more comfortable perhaps when they're hidden under the dark wrap of her jacket, but they flame out of her, red petals in halo all around her.

yes, the background you have chosen is very early 50's 'matisse'. lovely rendering, scott. lovely and disquieting at the same time.-

2:33 AM  
Blogger saltyfeline said...

i like the fact that the black bird is leading the way. .

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6:03 AM  
Blogger tearful dishwasher said...


a wonderful analysis of the piece, and of the sitter. I agree with Jim, you caught an essential aspect of this....
what a blessing to have your input.


yes, yes.


"Wondrous and scary all at once."


I'm crazy glad to have all of you stopping by and chatting, taking a good look around and sharing your thoughts.

Thank you doesn't seem enough.



6:26 AM  
Blogger djuana said...

Lovely Scott, & pretty well everything's been said oh so perceptively re subject & treatment. Was going to say that the bird is really a stroke of genius, both compositionally & in terms of a comment on the subject - i.e. no jill without a black swooping bird, & the blacks "just so", playing off eachother between the shield of a coat & the ominous bird, adds its own depths to the flowery colour explosion. Also, the large naivety of the background mural seems apt - small speech in large vitalizing strokes. Thanks so much for this!


7:46 AM  
Blogger LKD said...

For what it's worth, here's what I "saw" last night when I looked at this collage, and what I see again in re-viewing it:

A girl bundled up, up to her neck to keep out what--the cold? The world? A face so pale, so bereft of color that that the vibrant lime green background and the objects swimming/flying in it become her face, her interior in a way, if that makes sense. Pale, contained girl, yet all of this epxlosion of suns and stars and circles buttoned up under that coat. What I find most striking about this collage is the bird, which, thanks to that bit of light source highlighting the left side, appears almost human to me, like one of those mythological beasts, a hawk with a woman's head. And so, for me, crazy as this sounds, that bird up there is Jill. The girl down in the corner is merely Jill's body. The real Jill is up there above it all.

God, I love your collages, Scott.

10:28 AM  
Blogger LKD said...

Oh, and as I just scrolled down all the "portrait" collages you've posted so far, Scott, the word "soul" popped into my head. I recently saw a photo of Susan Sarandon, very ethereal, very vague, almost ghostly, and the explanation was that it was a photo of her soul---wish I could recall where I saw it. And that's what you're doing here, Scott---these collages, these portraits are snapshots, exposures of the human soul.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's like the whole sky
is falling into her body

that's how it seems like language
and insite flows thru her.


6:06 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

wow, i read all your comments. they are all so enlightening, like mirrors.

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