The Words Get in the Way

Carrie’s text- How are you my dear?  What’s new?

Where do I even begin?  Oh, the good news!  On Friday, my topic of research for Class X got approved.  My teacher uttered those magical words, Go ahead

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So all weekend, I have been living with the unnamed young woman with the water pitcher.

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I’m getting to know her better.  I know the pigment/material used to paint that shade of blue on her skirt is costly.  Her head is shrouded by a hooftdoveken– protecting her head in cold weather, as well as her hairstyle when out it public.

She’s consumed me.

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The objects arranged in the painting reflect that hers is a household of means.

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Jewelry box with pearls, “Oriental” rug covering the table, gilded water pitcher and basin.  The last two items traditionally also express, purity.

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Yup.  She’s consumed me.

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Bad news:  “Consider the work of art as the basis for a thorough exploration and analysis of the historical body and dress, as well as issues concerning their mediation in art and cover such topics as materiality, the artist and his/her oeuvre, the subject and his/her clothing, posture and gesture, and other issues as raised by the work itself, including the social, political and economic forces affecting body/dress.”

Where do I even begin.

Good news:  It’s my favorite class.

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Bad news:  “5-page presentation and a paper on a single element in your final focus artwork.”  Due date- October 21.

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The color blue?  The patterned rug?  Linen around her shoulders?  Eyes cast low?  The window?  The elements call out, but the words get in the way.  I can’t seem to construct beyond a sentence.

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Will this lead to something for future work or just for personal improvement?  Darren asked me.  His question made me laugh and laugh.

In the evening I admit defeat, walk Bruno to the park.  We stay listening to music and life pulsating around us.

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Tomorrow morning, I’ll go back to the drawing board.  I’ll peer at her again, comb through more readings.  Just maybe, a second sentence can be strung.

  •  Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, ca1662, Johannes Vermeer, Gallery 632, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue

 

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