Heavy bear…

March 27, 2019

“That inescapable animal walks with me, Has followed me since the black womb held, Moves where I move, distorting my gesture, A caricature, a swollen shadow, A stupid clown of the spirit’s motive, Perplexes and affronts with his own darkness, The secret life of belly and bone,” Excerpt from “The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me” by Delmore Schwartz;
design by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.
“Yet let me flap this bug with gilded wings, this painted child of dirt, that stinks and stings, whose buzz the witty and the fair annoys, yet wit ne’er tastes, and beauty ne’er enjoys.” Alexander Pope (1688-1744), Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, Prologue to the Imitations of Horace, (1734) l. 309. Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.

The world’s torrent…

February 8, 2019

“A talent is formed in stillness; a character in the world’s torrent.” Quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), design by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) said, “The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.”
Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.

Conversation:

Chirp! Emerson, chirp… chirp…

Chirp! Look! Chirp”

Chirp! Agreed!

Yep! The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.




Birds of a feather…

January 23, 2019

“Birds of a feather flock together…” quote by George Wither (1613) with design by Meredith Eliassen, 2019. https://www.zazzle.com/birds_of_a_feather_notecard-256198505056489818

Eclipse time… a quote

January 5, 2019

A picture has come to thought… inspired by a quote from Paradise Lost by John Milton (1608-1674): “The sun… in dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds on half the nations, and with fear of change perplexes monarch.”

I picture fish in an ocean oblivious to human concerns…

Solar eclipse design with fish by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.

Ideas need light to grow…

December 11, 2018

Ideas need

Ideas need light to grow… design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Ideas need light to grow… a conversation

Bird: And air!

Oak leaf: parvis e glandibus quercus

Lil’ Wum: Bird-brains… Translation: Tall oaks from little acorns grow… whew!

Merry VIV: Posterity explores ancestors through printed leaves.

During the Women’s March in 2016, and image of an acorn on a poster showed that buried ideas can grow. An idea can take centuries to unfold, yet appear to turn on like a lightbulb. Parvis e glandibus quercus means that great things often have small beginnings. This is an early variant of ‘mighty oaks from little acorns grow’ found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s epic tragedy of two lovers Troilus and Criseyde (1374),”as an ook cometh of a litel spyr” [meaning sapling] that came from the ancient Greeks via Boccaccio.

We the people

Preamble to the Constitution of the United States scribed on November 6, 2018 by Meredith Eliassen.

Inspired by a poster by an unknown artist produced during the 1968-1969 student-led strike for educational equity at San Francisco State College that featured the Preamble in blue with the word “justice” echoed in deep red, this version employs the dynamic of empty space with diverse information vectors produced by words found in Chinese design.

Zen design dos not seek to recreate reality, but creates with artificial space relations that point beyond visible reality to the essence of reality with chi. Chi is life, force, or essence, which in design is reliant upon obtaining connection between the observer and the observed… between design and recipient through empathy or aesthetic harmony. Zen design utilizes the vital movement (information vectors) produced through the circulation of chi… to say without saying. Lao Tzu (533 BC) asserted in Tao Te Ching XI that Zen design is conceived within an emptiness where “being and not being engender each other…” taking equal advantage of was is, “just as we recognize the usefulness of what is not.”

teaching fish to swim

Design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

“Piscem nature doces,” Latin proverb attributed to Dutch humanist Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (1466-1536) in his Adagia, meaning “you are teaching a fish to swim.”

Latin Quote Card

Oceans

“Ocean thou mighty monster,” designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Preface to tone poem by Edward MacDowell (1860-1908) called To the Sea, which delineated a tonal oceanscape with its magnitude, mystery, and vast beauty.