Monday, September 6, 2010

Whispered Stories of Wombs and Caves


About to walk down the spiral staircase, 
I pause, and notice a knot in the window frame. 
I haven't looked closely before.  
Now I SEE it. 
It reminds me of a drawing done today. 


I begin to look around the house, at the 
wood grain in the floor, at circular, 
spinning lines in a bird's nest on a shelf.
Everything is reduced to line and pattern. 


I see an omphalos in a piece of wood,  
and another in a drawing nearby, 
and understand the elegance of math, 
orbiting electrons and spinning galaxies,  
though I can't explain them, 
except like this, 
in pen and ink and blurring lines. 






I notice the little bits of things picked up 
along paths - ordinary yet miraculous things - 
   whispering stories of wombs and caves and
small creatures hiding in trees. 




I marvel at a tiny spiral relic of shell. 


Again and again I carve a spiral path 
with ink -
as if  spinning around 
the navel 
of a tiny universe.





27 comments:

  1. Mesmerizing spirals ... like mandalas ... and labyrinthes. Your photos are captivating. Love the way the snake pops up in your photos.

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  2. It's so nice to visit and wonder through your world,it's magical.
    I can see the beauty and mystery.
    And your right they are telling stories.

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  3. all of this is wonderfully inspiring. I find myself wondering about galaxies as well.

    <3
    K

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  4. ArtPropelled- that snake does pop up quite a bit in my photos, doesn't she? She sits on my work table... where I put things to photograph 'cause the light is better, and she obviously is an outgoing kind of rubber snake.

    renilde - Do we all hear the same stories? I wonder what stories they are telling you?

    Karolina - Its a bit of an obsession as of late.. I'm glad its also inspiring!

    Julia - There is just something so compelling to me about spirals. I've carried that little shell fragment around for years, putting it somewhere where I will see it often.

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  5. I love these and your latest pieces of art have been making me look at the things I find in the woods with new eyes!

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  6. I found you through 'threads of the spiderwoman.' I enjoy visioning the world through your eyes. Gail

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  7. Enchanting and comforting - thank you for sharing :>)

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  8. m- its a lovely thing if artwork can inspire a way of seeing with fresh eyes... cool!

    Gail - thanks for visiting, I love Lauren's blog and creations... she's amazing.

    Lisa - thanks!

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  9. Hi Valerianna

    I love the 6th picture from the top... Round but square...Soft but hard...Pale and dark...Tight but at the same time loose... I love it's stucture and soft colours... If I could reach out and take it I would.

    It's not often that a piece of work grabs me like this... Oh! I missed one.. Warm and cool..

    Have you guessed, I like this piece.

    ~ Julie

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  10. valerianna i'm drawn to the little matrices of dots that make up the spaces between the whorls and swirls you contain in your work. steven

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  11. Julie - I like that one a lot myself. The photo is a detail of the one above it. Lovely list of descriptions.... I hope I can produce more that speak to people, or maybe there might just be one or two that really sing. Its the nature of this work, I think..... so much to chance.

    steven- interesting observation. I must go back and look at them!

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  12. it is amazing how many examples of spirals and circles one can find in nature and you have found some beautiful ones to go with your own spirals.

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  13. There are spirals in maths also, not that I am in any way a mathematician but I did hear a lecture about it once. This is how I remember it - spirals in nature are based on a mathematical sequence called the Fibonacci numbers. You can see this in pine cones, unfurling ferns, etc. I love the purity of that, nature as designer.

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  14. I love these shapes, patterns and forms that occur so often in nature. I agree there is a wonderful sense of movement and transition to them. A finger print or blue print...

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  15. Hello Valerianna, thank you very much for the link!
    i discovered the shop, they have a lot of pretty things!!!!

    i really like the pic of the bird nest, i dont know why but somehow i see an old man staring at me...

    xxoo

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  16. layers - yes, isn't it so, spirals & circles everywhere... right now my students are looking closely at the structures of flowers, lots of good circular and spiral patterns there for me to oogle at!

    acornmoon - I talk about that in my drawing nature class, right now we are looking at fibonacci, golden mean, sacred geometry and even crop circles.... its a mesmerizing study for me and I do hope some of my students as well!

    Jasmine - I've been very much enjoying what people are seeing in these drawings... hadn't gotten blue print yet, interesting thought!

    Sympathy - I always see faces in everything, so, not surprising to me, though I can't find the old man in the nest, I'll keep looking! Glad you liked the shop link.... its fun.

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  17. I still think of your art as treasures found... in the wild. How wonderful!

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  19. im so glad the spirals are drawing you in
    because now you have drawn them out
    and now i have been drawn in.
    its moving in all directions
    and we all travel at our
    own speed around.
    i love love love it

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  20. These are just beautiful! Magical!

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  21. valerianna, i am with Julie..
    the fifth photograph down, the
    drawing is exquisite...for me, it
    has a sound/vibration.
    i look on your side bar and see
    something about a shop
    if a print of this particular one
    would ever be available there, i
    would very much like to have it
    in my life....

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  22. faerie finder - nice to have you visit, and, as always, bringing your lovely enthusiasm with you!

    ramona - thanks!

    grace - yes, opening a shop is on the list of things to do.... its getting closer to the top! And I will make a few prints of that particular drawing, I, too am liking that one a lot.....

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  23. After following your spirals, I'm seeing articles about light spirals in the sky in Norway and Australia. Are we experiencing a 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' event here?

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  24. Beautiful, ageless "whispered stories." I have missed much these days, life going by too fast and I have had little time to catch up! I hope your weekend is lovely. roxanne

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I love reading your comments and sometimes I'm good at responding right away, sometimes not! Glad you had a wander here, I hope you found the mossy path soft on your feet and heard the call of the Raven.