Updated 1st February – first designs for this city.
Updated 1st February 2023
My design for this print is now almost ready to for cutting. I’ve run with the idea of Dorothea existing as a treasured memory for the mysterious visitor, and represented it as an apparition within a precious stone. The caravan routes and desert flowers complete the scene.
January 29th 2023
Short as it is I won’t quote the page here, but Dorothea can – we are told – be described in two ways. The first paints a picture of the form and grandeur of the place, the relationships that form between families, and suggests this is all we need to know to understand the past, present and future of the city.
The latter is a tale from a visitor, charmed by Dorothea’s difference in youth, who in age recalls Dorothea as a missed opportunity, or an unheeded call, to a more vibrant life.
The former suggest to me the pride of the city, the relationships people form internally through marriage, trade, or both.
The latter suggests Dorothea appeared to offer promise, but perhaps for all that promise it was not easily attainable. Our visitor chose a different path. Perhaps seeing clearly at the time that the past, present and future of Dorothea was a precious, but impenetrable gem.
Perhaps in age the memory shines brighter, the reality is obscured. This is one of Calvino’s Cities and Desire stories. Memorialised desire has a habit of outshining the joys we’ve experienced.