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Week #8, 2022

Drooping Wings, 1978, Ink on paper, 10” x 14"

Some of you may be familiar with this work on paper. It is one of the artworks that Dusti Bongé included in her 1982 book, The Life of an Artist.

What’s fascinating is that in the book, each of her works of art is accompanied by a facing page of personal musings and occasional short poems. Dusti herself indicated that the pairings of the artwork and the words were at times random, but that somehow all were different forms of expressing the same thing or means of giving voice to specific ideas in varying ways.

This piece is accompanied by a short poem that actually refers to the title Drooping Wings. However, the accompanying musing is partly about color and the colors of certain things or thoughts, i.e., the idea that colors imbue things with meaning. Dusti associated certain colors with certain concepts or emotions.

In this case the color is saffron, which is of course a kind of yellow. Dusti identified yellow with suffering. Thus on the one hand color saffron represents suffering, and on the other hand the black pen & ink drawing on paper of a figure with drooping wings also expresses suffering. The poem brings the two very different expressions of suffering together in one. Herewith the poem:

Saffron Suffering                                                                                      Caught up in time                                                                                  Delaying the ultimatum                                                                                    Of drooping wings

Dusti in a conclusory note said: "However, the statement that I have made in this drawing is more important to me, than the color."

HAPPY 2.22.22!

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