Monday, September 06, 2010

Counting the Days (Impossibility of Paradise)

The place illustrated is a real place, the Tbilisi Botanical Gardens, drawn from a photograph taken 100 years ago. I am fascinated by the remoteness of this image in time, which asks me to decide: what is my relationship to the garden and to the image? The image was caught long before I was born, and the garden has existed for centuries before that. But I am there several times a year, watching the changes in the garden and its surroundings. This place also holds the quality of Paradise: it inspires the feverish emotions that accompany the scoring of the passage of time – time to arrive, time spent, time left.

Living here and thinking about “there” is sometimes an exhausting imposition of geography, and it was in a moment that I painted the black shadow, which gave me some relief – but then my eyes began to construct the image again, and I found myself involved in rebuilding the myth of a paradise impossible to achieve.


Eastern European Express said...

Love this!!!!

lado said...


Anonymous said...

Lado to hto wi delaete ohen ohen nravitsa

lado said...

Spasibo! Staraius!

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.