Writings on the Wall

Before I am going to embark in or return to a series of paintings, I write some poetic prose or very short stories to put myself in the mood of the series. They are not descriptions or explanations of the visual artwork but background music to make me focus on a theme. Some years ago, a gallery owner suggested to show them next to the paintings to bring the audience to the same place I was when I was creating the art, and it worked so well that many gallery patrons asked for copies of the poems. 

A couple of the pieces have been published in their Spanish versions but most of them remained unpublished until now. Last year, I decided to put together an illustrated collection with 38 of these writings in a self-published book tilled "The Daily Burden" available in soft cover and ibook formats (See book link at the bottom of this page)

These are a few samples of the writings included in the book:   

  The Question

 That paranoid being that lives on the surface of the sea, in its madness, dreams to live as a bathyscaphe under the water. He cannot understand the sacred meaning that the ritual of fire has for us, Eskimo-hearted men... 

 
  The Daily Burden

 It was at the beginning of the 90’s.  The Berlin Wall wasn’t there anymore. The Soviets were gone.  The cold war melted everywhere for lack of enemies. But it was colder for us than ever before...

 
  The sunbather

 In the mirror, I notice the blue veins under my discolored skin, like unexpected rivers running through an unfamiliar desert landscape. I feel uncomfortable with my reflection but I can’t shed my skin, and tanning under a lamp is a cheap way to avoid the essence of my factual distress. I am not who I was anymore...

 
  Days of smoke and memories

The simple little houses of the small town where I was raised fade away. Their brick wash painted walls turn into the shapeless ghosts of my remembrance...

 

 

 
By Augusto Bordelois