That’s a Korean greeting, meaning “Are you at peace?” And done with a slight bow. I just thought I’d like to emulate Misky’s “Top of the morning” greeting last week. So Brit, I thought. 🙂
Well, my prompt is inspired by Mark Doty’s excellent book, which was inspired by Jan Davidsz de Heem’s Still Life With A Glass And Oysters, in which he contemplates art and poetry in relation to objects. Why still life? I guess the painterly eye is a way of seeing. Still life embodies a way of seeing objects that is intimate, that is infused with the subject who sees. In its way poetry does that too.
Doty writes: ““As advocates of intimacy, as embodiments of paradox, as witnesses to earth, here, this moment, now. Evidence, thus, that tenderness and style are still the best gestures we can make in the face of death.” The world is filled with objects, isn’t it? The objects lend utility and grace to our lives, don’t they? They’re infused with memory and desire. With story. They’re also gloriously self-referential. An apple is an apple. A tiger is a tiger. An oyster is, erm, an oyster.
If they’re anything else, then it’s the subject who interprets. Right?
In that sense, a painting of oysters is more literal because it is immediate. The visual experience is non-verbal, very visceral. It is a primary representation. A poem about oysters would be what? … secondary representation. Both are art and therefore mimetic experiences. And all art is a meditation.
So this week I want you to write about those things. What, you ask? Well, I’ll leave it up to you, whether you want to do comparative studies, or focus on one of these things.
Jan Davidsz de Heem, Still Life With A Glass And Oysters
Jose Fernando, Still Life With Oysters, Lemon and Belgian Beer
The third image is a photograph taken in Seoul by myself.
That’s Part 1 of the prompt. I thought I’d like to give further food for thought. So this:
Abalones is Part 2. Now that you’ve had practice thinking about art, poetry and oysters, I thought you might want to give abalones a go. Yes? No?
Well, whatever you come up with should be fine. If you’ve been tuning in to our prompts, and not writing, do try and write this week. I hate to sound the death knell but you know, this prompty thing too is a finite thing. A thing of memory and desire. So write. Think about relations between things. Seize the pen.