|Whispers In A Dream|
It was with pleasure that I learnt of an Artist Trading Card exhibit. The Carlisle Arts Learning Center, Carlisle PA, is hosting an exhibit of ATC's with "Home" as the theme. They are hoping to get one hundred cards to exhibit and trade. As I was looking through all things Pre‑Raphaelite, a quote from William Morris got me thinking:
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
I suppose as the Seasons change and Halloween approaches, I decided to take a rather macabre approach to the ATC. I have always loved William Holman Hunt's "Isabella and the Pot of Basil". The work is inspired by a narrative poem by John Keats. The ghost of Isabella's murdered love comes to her in a dream. She retrieves his head, buries it in the pot of basil, and pines for her lost love.
The substrate is illustration board. In addition to the reproduction of the painting, I also incorporated found and handmade papers, and photocopied text.
Whether encouraged by a ghost, a Muse, an anniversary, a Season...home and beauty...it's all in your point of view.