We are now in Volume II, Part Four, Chapter V/VI.This is one of the famous scenes, Nicolai hunting the wolf. There lots of details -- you feel as though you are there, the brown horse breathing heavily, the glint of the unsheathed dagger held by Danilo. I am sure that my old Russian studies teacher at Grinnell College, John Mohan, would have had a lot to say about the symbolism of this passage.
The materials I used here were mailed to us by Christiane Carney Johnson, a friend who was also a Russian studies major at Grinnell. You will see her first collage tomorrow. I have mailed her a few more pages so you will be seeing more of her work in the next few weeks.
Team Tolstoy is on track. We have committed to making 11 collages per week so we can finish this "loose and baggy monster" by the end of the year. We will not be in the studio the first Friday in March as we have been invited to present our work to a high school art class in Cambridge. We have also been invited to present a workshop at an art school in the fall.
We don't know where all this is headed, but are along for the joyful ride. -- Lola
from page 631-632 of original text
collage, acrylic paint
page 502-503 Pevear/Volokhonsky translation