"the window" odilon redon
dreams represent for me a point of insight.
they articulate the deep clusters of knowing
that escape my literal experiencing and interpretation.
because of that,
i value those mornings when i wake up
and remember them!
they face me . . .
with their kaleidoscopic symbolic
and sometimes stare me down,
and sometimes walk away.
for those dreams that survive the passage
into this strange world,
i spend time
unpacking their symbolism
as storied treasures from a place beyond my self.
through a similar embracing of the dream world,
came closer to articulating the deep mapping of purely creative expression
and its connection to the spiritual
than many of his contemporaries.
redon believed that there is “a divine germ in a little matter.”
how to share this understanding?
"like music", he declared,
"my drawings transport us to the ambiguous world of the indeterminate."
redon invoked the ambiguity of the indeterminate
through the use
of symbolic referents
drawn from his dreams,
thereby fulfilling his desire to
"place the visible at the service of the invisible".
however, the viewer was cautioned,
"my drawings inspire, and are not to be defined".
"barque mystique" odilon redon
on a skiff i meet an honoured guest,
slowly, slowly it comes across the lake.
facing at the railing, we drink a cup of wine,
on all sides lotus flowers are in bloom.
"flower clouds" odilon redon
an amazing and insightful article about redon's symbolist thinking is provided here.