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==Miracle Worker: Descending Upright Among Staring Fish==

Miracle Worker: Descending Upright Among Staring Fish, oil on paper, 30"x23" © 1997 (private collection)

As one of my paintings now hangs in what once was Vladimir Nabokov's study, I thought it would be appropriate to pay him tribute. Miracle Worker: Descending Upright Among Staring Fish, therefore, is inspired by the opening chapter in his novel Transparent Things:

". . .Perhaps if the future existed, concretely and individually, as something that could be discerned by a better brain, the past would not be so seductive: its demands would be balanced by those of the future. Persons might then straddle the middle stretch of the seesaw when considering this or that object. It might be fun.

. . .When we concentrate on a material object, whatever its situation, the very act of attention may lead to our involuntarily sinking into the history of that object. Novices must learn to skim over matter if they want matter to stay at the exact level of the moment. Transparent things, through which the past shines!

. . .A thin veneer of immediate reality is spread over natural and artificial matter, and whoever wishes to remain in the now, with the now, on the now, should please not break its tension film. Otherwise the inexperienced miracle-worker will find himself no longer walking on water but descending upright among staring fish. More in a moment."

Of course, my "miracle worker" is a sort-of Cyclops earth-mother, goddess type. But hey, goddesses are no worse than gods!


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