Project 2010-1: Bosch’ Garden of Earthly Delights

In my new year’s resolutions, I talked about doing four projects this year.  In my mind, calling something a “project”  helps me firm up my commitment to work in a way that is less adding another ‘have to’ to my to-do list and more trying to bring something to fruition. A lot of my thinking about projects, as opposed to deadlines, has been influenced by sites like this with its lists of things to do and not do.  (And yes I see the irony of those lists.  One has to keep a sense of humor about one’s lists!  )  I’m really attracted to the idea of a full flowering, rather than “this is the best I can do by the deadline.”

That being said, my first project does have a deadline.  A friend from college is organizing a show entitled “Replanting the Garden” at this gallery in the spring. Pieces are to be created for the show drawing on the inspiration of Hieronymous Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights (there’s a better view of the whole triptych here.).  I’ve been fascinated with Bosch’s work for years, every facet, from the colors, to the forms, to the quirky fantastical images.  There is so much to be intrigued and seduced by.  So it seemed like I should jump at the chance and finally spend some time making work inspired by him.  Rather than going on and on about how and what I adore in this painting, let’s just start with a few close-ups which catch my eye:  (click on each for larger)

More soon!

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  1. I’m so excited to see that you’re doing the blog again. I’ve actually stopped reading my long list. Haven’t visited anyone in ages. I love this project. Bosch has fascinated me for years. I just really want to know if he was a tad nuts, on some kind of natural hallucinogen or just had the most vivid imagination ever!

    So looking forward to your process!

  2. Thanks for stopping by! Yes, reading blogs vs. blogging vs. making new work (vs. spring cleaning) is a constant struggle. As for Bosch, I’ve done some reading, but am still pondering those same questions. A fascinating character!

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