Barbara Stauffacher Solomon: Good Mourning California
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"If there never was a Garden of Eden, there is no California; it only appears to exist."
Solomon's "Good Mourning California" presents her vision of that western landscape, in celebrations of both her poetic writing and varied chorus of imagery. These interpretations are formally creative and conceptually dynamic as you turn the pages. In her writing, the her words are presented in long columns of what act like fragments, accumulating into something like an index of what has formed her California: the history of its discovery, excerpts from naturalists and poets of nature, a rundown of its geography, and esoteric questions asking what is California, a "supernova?" A "tragic promised land?" Intermittently, the bright reproductions of her mixed-media work go through her paintings, collages, and photographs that themselves behave like fragments; her work gathers together into a kind of unfixed portrait of California, so Solomon's assemblage makes place into into a picture, into a poem.
Photographs, drawings & text by Barbara Stauffacher Solomon.