|24" x 48"|
Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas
Mr. Khudairi asked me to
explain the meaning behind the painting,
what did those words say that were
barely legible in the background.
As far as the writings, I frequently incorporate the written word into my
Poetry has really found a unique place in my life. I collage
favorite poetry of mine into the background of my pieces. I've found that
paintings a "voice", and convey a meaningful, personal message from my soul
to the viewer,
a message that is left up to them to interpret.
Pablo Neruda is my favorite spanish speaking poet, hands down.
Some of the writings
in the background come from this poem below, as does the title.
The rest are pages from my handwritten journals.
Neruda directs his language so well in this poem,
making you almost whisper most of it.
I Like for You to be Still
I like for you to be still: it as though you were absent,
and you hear me from far away and my voice does not
It seems as though your eyes had flown away
and it seems that a kiss had sealed your mouth.
As all things are filled with my soul you emerge from the things, filled with my soul.
You are like my soul, a butterfly of dream, and you are like the word Melancholy.
I like for you to be still, and you seem far away.
It sounds as though you were lamenting,
a butterfly cooing like
And you hear me from far away, and my voice does not reach
Let me come to be still in your silence.
And let me talk to you with your silence that is bright as a lamp,
simple as a ring.
Your are like the night, with its stillness and constellations.
Your silence is that of a star, as remote and candid.
I like for you to be still: it is as though you were absent,
distant and full of sorrow as though you had died.
One word then, one smile, is enough.
And I am happy, happy that it’s not true.