M’Eyes and The Goldfinch

echeveria in pot, offset blurfor m'eyes

“Between ‘reality’ on the one hand, and the point where the mind strikes reality, there’s a middle zone, a rainbow edge where beauty comes into being, where two very different surfaces mingle and blur to provide what life does not: and this is a space where all art exists, and all magic.” – Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch.

pink flowers Camellia sasanqua 'Kanjiro' for m'eyes recuperating
The “rainbow edge” – Camellia sasanqua ‘Kanjiro’ – Mental Seeds

This speaks to me and how m’eyes see.  In that middle zone is where I found the Mental Seeds series, created after my detached retina allowed me to see this “rainbow edge where beauty comes into being”.  I had no real words to explain this until now.  Thank you Ms. Tartt.

“isn’t the whole point of things – beautiful things – that they connect you to some larger beauty? Those first images that crack your heart wide open and you spend the rest of your life chasing, or trying to recapture, in one way or another?”

Those first images I created as I adjusted to new eyesight still haunt me.

echeveria in pot, offset blurfor m'eyes
“those first images” – Echeveria in Pot, offset blur from gas bubble in my eye – Mental Seeds

There is a much larger beauty in garden photography.  I have seen it.  Why don’t I rush headlong in pursuit, plunge full on into the work ?

“I been thinking a lot about … those images that strike the heart and set it blooming like a flower, images that open up much, much larger beauty that you can spend your whole life looking for and never find.”

after the rain, November tapestry in my garden, recouperating
“much larger beauty” – new vision – After the Rain, November tapestry in my garden,

I did find a bit.  Now need to explore the crack that allowed me to see so differently.


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