Not “Revelation”—’tis—that waits,
But our unfurnished eyes—
I met the artist Susan Jane Walp when I went to the Italy this summer. She was a special guest teacher in the JSS program, and I was lucky to attend her lecture, during which she showed us many of her paintings. My favorite part was when she read us some of her favorite poems. Here are the poems, along with some of my favorite Susan Jane Walp paintings and drawings. My favorite painting advice she gave during the lecture is this:
"There's a time for everything in painting: a time to begin, a time to end."
--Susan Jane Walp
Loveliest of what I leave behind is the sunlight,
and loveliest after that the shining stars,
and the moon's face,
but also cucumbers that are ripe,
--Praxilla of Sicyon, fragment 747
could pierce me
like this spring storm
--Izumi Shikibu, translated by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani
Although the wind
blows terribly here
the moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house.
Surgeons must be very careful
When they take the knife!
Underneath their fine incisions
Stirs the Culprit—Life!
Emily Dickinson (c.1859)
By Chivalries as tiny,
A Blossom, or a Book,
The seeds of smiles are planted—
Which blossom in the dark.
Emily Dickinson (c.1858)
As I dig for wild orchids
in the autumn fields,
it is the deeply-bedded root
that I desire,
not the flower.
You can see some of Susan Jane Walp's work this Friday, October 6:
a Bucks County pop-up exhibiton
opening reception 6-9 pm
756 Worthington Mill Road, Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania