What I especially love about this van Dyck engraving – one of my favourites – is that the subject, Cornelius, is so august-souled. His look is so kaleidoscopic thereby betraying his reincarnational history. To look at the subject, he could be Tatar, Nepalese, even Inuit… all the lives that he’s lived to date are magically alluded to. Masterful. Stunning. I love it.
Born in the year of the Rat and on the same day (August 2) as me, James also happens to be an entity mate. Though I never met him, Merlin did. As we drove from actor, Joe Morton’s Upper West Side tiny apartment from his annual Halloween pumpkin kill in 1982 – we were en route to Times Square and Frederick Jones’s where we would first meet, had also met Joe Morton for the first time that night – Merlin spoke lovingly of James Baldwin whom he had met the year prior through a Black American writer friend of Frederick’s whom I never met as he had died in a car crash in July 1982. James ever will remain one of my favourite writers. Of course, it goes without saying that whilst he was alive, I dreamt often of James thanks to our being entity mates.
Oil on Panel 18.3 x 13.8 Inches c. 1600 Otto van Veen Provenance: Permanent Collection Rubenshuis, Antwerp. http://www.rubenshuis.be/Museum_Rubenshuis_EN At the time of this painting, I was incarnate, female and exceptionally beautiful. I was then a muse of both Otto van Veen and later his famous student, Sir Peter Paul Rubens. Apparently, owing to his ‘shortcomings’, […]
Oil on canvas 1623 35.94 × 27.87 Inches c. 1623 Sir Peter Paul Rubens. Provenance: Collection National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Sir Peter Paul was/is a cadre mate of mine and Merlin’s. He is in entity two to our being in entity six, cadre 1, greater cadre 7, pod 414. Prior to his departure for Italy, […]