Monday, 22 December 2008

Show me what's in the sky

Max Ernst, Der Mond ist Guter Dinge, 1970
Screen print

Max Ernst, The Forest, 1927
Oil on canvas, 27 x 34,8 cm,
Sprengelmuseum Hannover

Max Ernst, Arizona Rouge,
oil on panel, 9 3/8 by 13 inches, 1955

I met K. for a brief afternoon visit to Hannover's Sprengelmuseum on Saturday. I hadn't been there for a long time, was curious to see Kurt Schwitter's Merzbilder for the first time since I started making collages myself. I had forgotten what good collection of German Expressionists and Surrealists it had. I had seen a retrospective of Max Ernst quite a while ago, and have to admit that I struggle with surrealist imagery, but have since admired much of their work processes. The museum has many of Ernst's work on paper (lithographs notably) and some smaller oil paintings.

And, in my preoccupation with nocturnes, I noticed the moon: a full moon hovering over so many of them. I found some more while looking around; one that I liked a lot was called Grand Canyon or Colorado, small and intensely orange. Done in oil it almost seemed like a monotype with an oppressive sun or moon (?) hovering above. - It seems to be part of the series of which Arizona Rouge is so too.

And, then there was some more moon... Vivien, Jeanette and others have been reading tarot. To discover which Tarot card they were. It's good fun, I played with it, altered choices and still end up with this - with the main determinants seemingly to be star sign and favourite planet (and, in both the moon figures strongly... a long time of being socialised into horrorscopes, I s'pose).

You are The High Priestess

Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.


Jeanette Jobson said...

I do like these Max Ernst pieces quite a lot, especially the Arizona Rouge - fabulous colours.

Gesa said...

Yes... the colours are great, aren't they. But I was even more intrigued by their texture/marks: I'm sure it involved some kind of monotyping... will try out next time I've got my inks out.