(after the painting by Egar Degas)
There’s nothing in my appearance except that I am disappearing / into the uncertain light; nothing that would make me certain / of any conviction, or if I’ve made the right decisions in my life. / At this point, with my skin drinking in the available light, / I find it impossible to remember if I am widow or wife, / if I’ve had a life of ease, a life of strife…
Inspired by a story a friend had written for her, Paula Rego draws her Dog Woman in pastels, referencing the raw physicality of Degas’ drawings:
„To be a dog woman is not necessarily to be downtrodden; that has very little to do with it. In these pictures every woman’s a dog woman, not downtrodden, but powerful. To be bestial is good. It’s physical. Eating, snarling, all activities to do with sensation are positive. To picture a woman as a dog is utterly believable.“
Quelle: Saatchi Gallery
Between a finger and a thumb lies the corner of our world, the intimate space of our being. The distance with which we measure the substance of our past.