Thursday, September 8, 2011

Collage 520

 It has been proposed that we post all collages made during the same session at the same time. If we did that, you could see that I was in a certain kind of mood on May 13 as all 4 were strong contrast with red and green and lots of black. Numbers 512, 513 and 516 and this one as well. Some studio sessions we are heavily influenced by each other, other times we each seem to be on our own track and yet there is always an echo in our work.

This page of our original text spans 2 different chapters. At the end of chapter VII (volume III, Part Three), Helene is trying to convince her parents that the church would allow for her divorce from Pierre so that she could marry the suitor of her choice. She has 2 candidates lined up and is trying to decide which is the best offer. (Don't you see the themes of Anna Karenina starting here?) Chapter VIII finds us at the end of the day of the battle of Borodino with Pierre.

"There was the same suffering, tormented, and sometimes strangely indifferent faces, the same blood, the same soldiers' greatcoats, the same sounds of gunfire, distant now, but arousing terror all the same; besides, it was stifling and dusty." Feel it, smell it. -- Lola

Lola Baltzell
from page 295-296, volume 2 of original text
collage, ink
made 5/13/11
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 839-841

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