The Journal of Albion Moonlight

The Journal of Albion Moonlight series derives its title and inspiration from a work of experimental prose written by American poet Kenneth Patchen during the summer of 1940, just preceding America’s plunge into WWII.   I was drawn to Patchen partly because of my own experience as a child whose parents, while marked by the war, had remained eerily silent about it; my experiences seemed to point to the ways in which the triumphal story of “the just war” might have served to suppress other ways of representing its history and haunting after-effects.  Patchen’s multilayered, visionary writing is concerned both with the recovery of a lost history—that of pacifist resistance in the early stages of WWII—and with an exploration of how historical trauma tends to have disordering effects on storytelling:  Patchen’s novel is a pastiche of styles and modes.  My paintings try to capture this haunted storytelling, in scenes that evoke narrative moments that seem to be overlaid with other, partly occluded scenes.

Advertisements

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

 
%d bloggers like this: