Sunday, February 26, 2012
This piece (8" x 10") was made in honor of the 50th anniversary of the death of Kurt Seligmann. Instead of inclusion of an image of Seligmann or his work, I have chosen to allude to the artist through a combination of narrative and physical means. Not only was Seligmann a surrealist artist, he also wrote a book about the occult in 1948 entitled “The Mirror of Magic”. As part of my piece - which might be considered surrealistic in style - I have included a senryu (i.e., a haiku without reference to nature) that makes a conjecture about the connection of surrealism and the occult. In order to read the senryu, it must be seen in a mirror (provided); making this a subtly interactive piece. The senryu is "Surrealism, perhaps a mirror image of the occult world" (n. b. The title is ‘reflective’ of the year of Seligmann’s death).