Kurt Schwitters Merz SHED II [part 2]
What is Merz?
art can be made from anything at all.
It requires a spirit, a sensibility, Imagination, psycic laceration!
Themes of collage?
Loss of sacred and Spiritual in modern Society.
‘Merz’ as counter-movement to mainstream ‘Dada’.
Celebration of detrious, discarded by modern culture;
its signs, fragments: shattered pieces you make whole.
Fled Hanover for Norway.
That last ship escaping Nazi invasion,
to Scotland. Then interred on Isle of Man,
exhibited in London, moved to Ambleside.
A World that could be put back together.
“One could even shout with rubbish!”
(circus of assemblage, labels, newspapers,
old tickets, shopping lists, labels,
textured materials (fabrics), comics fragments,
card and found wood.)
“What portion in the world can the artist have
Who has awakened from the common dream
But dissipation and despair?” WB Yeats
“For those that love the world serve it in action,
Grow rich, popular and full of influence,
And should they paint or write, still it is action:
The struggle of the fly in marmalade.
The rhetorician would deceive his neighbours,
The sentimentalist himself; while art
Is but a vision of reality.” WB Yeats
Merz SHED II
Colour patterning, textured materials
elements. wax encaustic: Inner Alchemy.
Collating materials; four weeks arranging and fixing.
Creative tensions and decisions. Time tested.
“Ille. By the help of an image
I call to my own opposite, summon all
That I have handled least, least looked upon.
Hic. And I would find myself and not an image.
Ille. That is our modern hope, and by its light
We have lit upon the gentle, sensitive mind
And lost the old nonchalance of the hand”.
–WB Yeats, Ego Dominus Tuus
All Physical things show us a way
towards that which flows in and out of all things
and gives them Life.
That which permeates everything.
Art is the act of making something beautiful.
That internal state of mind, way of living,
enforced, self-willed discipline.
You look on with great expectation.
What comes in depicting one’s
Symbols formed of brushstrokes, born of
What expression can and must speak?
A growing self-awareness and celebration.
un poète et peintre