Heart of Darkness – the Pink Version

My first ekphrastic text will be on Richard Mosse’s The Enclave. I went to see the exhibition in Amsterdam a year ago, tomorrow I will go to Copenhagen to see it again – The Enclave is now on show at Louisiana in Humlebæk. I will start my journey into Mosse’s work by first writing a review…

imaginative contact

My OFFICE is up and running; warm and welcoming – and very quiet. I go there every morning, not bringing my mac. I write and read, undisturbed. Being off-line makes all the difference. In the afternoon I go back home, where I also have a work-station, and a computer, and this is the place I write…

What Light Can Do

Ekphrasis, writes Marjorie Munsterberg, is a particular kind of visual description and the oldest type of writing about art in the West. The goal of this literary form is to make the reader envision the thing described as if it were physically present. The ability to reproduce works of art has reduced the importance of ekphrastic…

I have fallen in love with a painting

Ekphrasis, writes Marjorie Munsterberg, is a particular kind of visual description and the oldest type of writing about art in the West. The goal of this literary form is to make the reader envision the thing described as if it were physically present. Homer’s description of Achilles’ shield in Book 18 of the Iliad stands at the beginning…

«I mostly think of my work as a painting»

Not being convinced that art is therapy, I will again turn my mind to the study of ekphrasis. Ekphrasis – representing a work of art in a literary language – makes explicit the connection between visual art and literature. So lets start with a little excerpt from an interview Kevin McNeilly made with the Canadian author Anne Carson KM:…

art is not therapy

Last week I went to Amsterdam to see and review Alain de Botton and John Armstrong’s exhibition “Art is Therapy” at the Rijksmuseum. The immediate result of my trip was a review written and published in the Norwegian newspaper Morgenbladet. (A weekly, national newspaper focused on culture, politics & arts). For 7 years I have…

Genius Loci

ANSEL ADAMS (1902-84) Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California (1944)  Gelatin silver print. A dramatic celebration of the natural world San Francisco-born Ansel Adams took his first photograph in 1916, but his original plan was to become a pianist. At the age of 12 he started teaching himself to play the piano and read…

den Zuhörer zum Zuschauer zu machen

I have been writing art criticism for many years, but today my interest for: ekphrasis locus amoenus  genius loci are mainly connected to my fictional writing (my two ways of writing are not (cannot be?) unrelated). I’m trying to find a way to transfer/transmit the emotional experiences of places in as few words as absolute…

Ut pictura poesis

Tuesday I wrote a short note on Locus amoenus (latin for “pleasant place”). Today I have focused on a related term, namely Ekphrasis. Ekphrasis is related to Locus amoenus because they both deal with visualizing through words. According to Helge Ridderstrøm Many scholars make use of James Heffernan’s [Museum of Words: The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery, 1993]…