By what vague tag known? More reflections on the morning pages.

In my 2012 morning pages I read of a dream that had been inspired by a recent Gauguin exhibition:
I am walking through Gate 5 in Sausalito. I have returned to the Spring of 1969 when I, an aspiring artist, first fled family and the frenzied suburbs of Southern California for the frenzied psychedelia of Marin County.  The dream is suffused with the prismatic hue of dawn.  House boats float on the sparkling water in fantastic shapes of blue and violet.  An exotic woman in a colorful, patterned pareo approaches and tries to sound out my name-tag:  “C-R-R-A…”  She looks like one of Gauguin’s proud Polynesian beauties.  I am on LSD.  I have traveled back to California’s hippy golden age, lost in time, marooned on the desolate onramps of infinity.
Gauguin must have borne issues of self-identity and a cargo of repressed guilt after he fled home, family and the frantic, Parisian scene to set sail for the Polynesian Islands.
His thick jungle foliage casts blue, amorphous shadows that flood the pink, kelp-twined sands with death’s relentless vegetal tide.  Nubile girls offer fruits to an adze-hewn god.  A frieze of women sit on a low bench, their archaic gestures echo the stark, rhythmic symmetry of  Egyptian art.  The primary colors advance toward the picture plane, where flat, delineated shapes and pattern interweave with the rough weave of the sail cloth on which it was painted.
I see him ascending the green mountain with his poison vial, marooned in his tormented paradise; a man broken by syphilis, bourgeois aesthetes and the French colonial police.  The last question posed by his magnum opus remains:  Where have we been?   What are we?  Where are we going?
My dream–and it’s multi-leveled reflection in the morning pages–might shed some light.  Why does Gauguin’s aura rise in the Sausalito dawn?  How does his frustrated dream reflect my own rootless life?  Can I find an answer among the messages to my past, present and future self?  What am I?  On what standard hoist the emblem of my younger self?  By what vague tag made known?

Categories: Art, Musings | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Post navigation

3 thoughts on “By what vague tag known? More reflections on the morning pages.

  1. Your post weaves in and out of similar reflections, especially in preparation for writing the next project. Art, morning pages, complex family relationships. …interesting parallels which also leaves me wondering if my own storytelling will resurrect Gaugin color as well as yours. Lovely writing.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

George Lakoff

George Lakoff has retired as Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is now Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society (cnms.berkeley.edu).

Writings By Ender

The Writer's Adventure

Logical Quotes

Logical and Inspirational Quotes

Sideways Angel: Heather Keyser's Perspective

Drawing my truth and writing what burns.

Dr. Stein's Photographic Establishment

Photographic Life In The Little Studio

Linda Beach

Artist and Teacher

jill millward artwork

blogging and oil painting about my daily adventures in art & life...come follow along!

J.J. Adamson

Character-driven epic fantasy

Blueangelwolf

WORDS OF POETRY FROM UNDER A HAT

Gotta Find a Home

Conversations with Street People

Old Road Apples

A Magnificent Fountain of Gurgling Wit, Wisdom, and Intriguing Insights. Some Other Stuff, Too.

Metaphysical Reflections

Exploring philosophical, psychological and spiritual concepts & ideas with a view to illuminating the mind.

rangdrol's Blog

open space - luminous clear - empty mind

alchemyparusha

parusha777@yahoo.com

Early Modern at the Beinecke

Early modern British and European collections of Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

rabirius

photography and other things

%d bloggers like this: