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Brigitte Carnochan 

Emily's Garden 

 

Exhibition on view: February 2 to March 30, 2019.

Artist's Reception: Saturday March 2, 6-8pm

 

a bright bouquet
a disc of snow
a sepal, petal, and a thorn
and turn philosopher
because i could not stop for death
clematis journeying far
dear, old fashioned, little flower
for every bird a nest
further in summer than the birds
gay little heart
grateful for the roses
hope is the thing w feathers
i bring my rose
i heard a fly buzz
i hide myself within my flower
lost in balms
nobody knows
of love
pray, gather me, anemone
some little arctic flower
the daisy follows soft the sun
the firmamental lilac
the grass so little has to do
the happy happy leaves
there's a certain slant of light
when roses cease to bloom, sir
i pieced it with a flower

A Bright Bouquet

A Disc of Snow

A Sepal, Petal,

and a Thorn

And Turn Philosopher

Because I could not Stop for Death

Clematis Journeying Far

Death, Old Fashioned, Little Flower

For Every Bird A Nest

Further in Summer

Than the Birds

Gay Little Heart

Grateful for the Roses

Hope is the Thing

with Feathers

I Bring my Rose

I Heard a Fly Buzz

I Hide Myself

Within my Flower

I Pieced it

with a Flower

Lost in Balms

Nobody Knows

Of Love

Pray, Gather Me, Anemone

Some Little

Artic Flower

The Daisy Follows

Soft the Sun

The Firmamental Lilac

The Grass so

Little has to do

The Happy Happy Leaves

There's a Certain Slant of Light

When Roses Cease

to Bloom, Sir

Artist Statement

My first photographs were of flowers and I suspect my last will be as well. I have been drawn to gardens and to flowers, their exotic geometry and sensuous rigor, as long as I can remember. It is a rare day that there are no fresh flowers on my breakfast table. I share these feelings with Emily Dickinson, also a devoted gardener and lover of flowers, who often sent bouquets from her garden, accompanied by her poems, to friends and acquaintances.

 

Dickinson’s poems first captured my imagination in high school—and her grip has never let go. I’m not alone. Her poems are widely admired and her life mythologized. Thousands of books include her poems or analyze them, and a recent film stars Cynthia Nixon as the talented, reclusive, poet.

 

Given that her poetry is unusual in its structure and handling of language—sometimes even opaque—what is it that attracts such devotion? Much is owing to the richness and mystery of her imagery, especially those flowers that become the vivid metaphors for her thoughts on every subject. Her poems were gardens in which she planted the flowers of her imagination. She used the 19th century “language of flowers,” in which an emotion or quality was commonly ascribed to a particular flower, but went beyond it to create visual bouquets of her own meaning. She makes herself the flower in her garden of the poem.

 

I have tried to capture the spirit and depth of her poetry as embodied in her floral metaphors—the poesy of her posies—by including in her own handwriting the line of a poem, inconspicuously or half hidden, on which my image is based. She wrote almost 1800 poems, adorned with many hundreds of floral references. I had a wealth of inspiration.

 

-Brigitte Carnochan

 

 

 

Process

The images are printed with platinum/palladium on handmade Japanese gampi paper and backed with gold leaf. The lines of Dickinson’s poems generously provided online in the Emily Dickinson Archive (EDA) are used by permission of Houghton Library of Harvard University and Amherst College Archives & Special Collections, who own the originals.

 

Artwork matted to 14" x 18"

Edition  of 15

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Panoramic view of the exhibition

Left wall

Center wall

Right ajacent walls

Right wall detail #1

Right wall detail #2

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