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Meme via spacealien_vamp

Drop me a comment and I will give you 3 interests on your list, and 3 of your icons, for you to explain.


elizabeth siddal: Artist, poet, model and muse. For me, in that order. I'll never forget opening a book (I think it was Jan Marsh's Pre-Raphaelite Women) on a bookstore run during college and being gobsmacked by this uncompromising self-portrait staring out at me. :: points at icon :: Who was this woman? And as I read further...how the heck could she be the same person as Millais' Ophelia or Holman Hunt's Sylvia? The dichotomy between her physical frailty (persuasively argued by Marsh and others to be a self-fulfilling prophecy based on mid-Victorian ideals) and artistic and intellectual ambition is endlessly fascinating to me.

I've been playing for over a decade with the idea of creating a one-woman show about her, and have even scribbled on it a little at various points, but it keeps eluding me. Now I've outlived her by four years, so I don't know if it's going to happen. But I keep hoping. We have more of her own words than probably any other woman of the Pre-Raphaelite circle (see below), but most of what we know of her is still through the eyes of others.

pre-raphaelite art: What you get when a bunch of idealistic post-adolescents decide to rebel against artistic convention...and then grow up. I find every aspect of the movement compelling, from the original slavish devotion to working from nature to the late flights of quasi-medievalist fancy. It made Victorian England a much more fun place (whilst playing merry hell with the images of earlier ages we would inherit from there), provided a springboard for movements from Arts and Crafts to the Aesthetic School to Symbolism (as well as every color-saturated fairy-tale illustration I fell in love with as a child), and is often most interesting in its flaws.

syncretism: A term I first picked up from Joseph Campbell, a blanket term for the philosophical exercise of finding commonalities that unify religious beliefs. I'm very much an "all Gods are one" kinda girl, and the echoes and resonances of one form of limited human understanding with another are never less than intriguing to me.


My favorite picture ever of Emma Thompson, with my favorite Beatrice line from Much Ado. It took on a bittersweet resonance when it was used on the funeral cards for the managing director of the Shakespeare company with which I worked for several years, who also directed the production in which I had the privilege of playing the role. But I also just love it as a general take on life. It follows on an exchange with Don John, who tells her that she must have been "born in a merry hour" since she's so fond of wit and laughter. She tells him no, her mother cried...but then there was the star. There's always something to dance about.

Speaking of dancing. The image is the album cover of Kate Bush's The Red Shoes; the text is quoted from the title track. It's also the key to the quest in the short film, The Line, The Cross, and the Curve, which is a sort of long-form video for most of the album. It's a very Jungian concoction springboarding from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and the Moira Shearer film, both of which I love. I tend to use this to represent dance or physical activity in general, and also as a reminder of the drive to create and how we have to make sure not to lose our center in it, or it won't be worth doing.

A work of art in miniature, from a batch of Firefly icons by raebird. I used it originally as the basis of a fall-themed layout, and then kept it on after because it so beautifully expresses the setting aside of a space for a spiritual purpose. The series never lost sight of Inara's view of her work as not merely "respectable" but sacred, and the tension between that and some others' contempt for Companions and "common" whores alike was one of the more interesting threads woven into that world. But in this moment, the preparation of a tea ceremony to welcome a young man for a rite of passage, there is only peace and reflection.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 7th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
OK, hit me. (Preferably not with one of the BIG bricks.)
May. 7th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)

downhill skiing
nero wolfe


May. 7th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
I love the pre-Raphaelites, though I confess I don't know that much about them. But I've had a poster of Burne-Jones' The Arming of the Knights on my wall since college.

Go ahead and give me interests/icons
May. 7th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Pssst... I'd love to, but I don't know who you are...
May. 7th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
(It wasn't me, btw).
May. 7th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
All right, I'll play too.
May. 7th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)

james gartner
last chance to see


lion window
cross cat
May. 7th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
First off? LOVE the KB icon!

Second, me please?
May. 7th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)


harbor seals
shadow totems
surprise by design


saint christopher
patiently waiting
flower power
May. 13th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Answered over here...
May. 8th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
I think my interests and icons are all pretty self explanatory, but if you're curious about any of them let me know. :-)
May. 8th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
I'm always curious. :-) There's more to it than just knowing what they are, after all...


dead like me
the tripods


blue woman reaching
I'm fine; why do you ask?
Mary Sue
May. 8th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Very neat explanations, thank you!

I already did the meme (I think s_vamp got it from me), but if you want to ask about a new set, go for it. ^_^

I've always had a huge weakness for the Pre-Raphaelites, probably because they were so classics-obsessed. You should TOTALLY write that one-woman show you've been wanting to do.
May. 8th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'll dust it off again this summer, who knows. I keep thinking I have the structure in my head, and then it gets all slippery again.

Since you're game...


ice-cold demon's tale
love mode


Wicked Wild
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Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna
WiliQueen's Woods

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