Acrylic on Canvas – 36" x 24".
What motivates calligraphers? At least one part is a love of words and reading. One of my favorite authors is Michael Ondaatje. When I first read The English Patient, years ago, I was mesmerized. Passages of it keep drawing me back and coming to mind when I have a pen in my hand.
This paragraph begins “And all the names of the tribes, the nomads of faith who walked in the monotone of the desert and saw brightness and faith and colour...” and further on, this starkly beautiful sentence: “We die, containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves...”
Yet, to attempt to interpret a piece of prose as calligraphy is daunting: does the calligrapher have anything to add to something already wonderfully written?