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Brigitte Carnochan: Emily’s Garden
September 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Obscura Gallery presents a solo exhibition with gallery artist Brigitte Carnochan of prints inspired by Emily Dickinson. Dickinson’s poems are widely admired and her life mythologized and given that her poetry is unusual in its structure and handling of language—sometimes even opaque—what is it that attracts such interest and devotion? Much is owing to the richness and mystery of her imagery, especially those flowers that become the vivid metaphors for her thoughts on every subject. Her poems were gardens in which she planted the flowers of her imagination. She used the 19th-century “language of flowers,” in which an emotion or quality was commonly ascribed to a particular flower, but went beyond it to create visual bouquets of her own meaning. She makes herself the flower in her garden of the poem.
“I have tried to capture the spirit and depth of her poetry as embodied in her floral metaphors—the poesy of her posies—by including in her own handwriting the line of a poem, inconspicuously or half-hidden, on which my image is based. She wrote almost 1800 poems, adorned with many hundreds of floral references. I had a wealth of inspiration.” – Brigitte Carnochan
The images are printed with platinum/palladium on handmade Japanese gampi paper and backed with gold leaf.