Saturday, March 28, 2009

Canto III of Dante's Inferno

Click on the image to enlarge. There is much to learn about the modern condition in Dante. TS Eliot new it almost 100 years ago and anyone who takes the time will find out more about the workings of human nature in 100 Cantos then can be found in any university and this only requires a library card! In this image a typescript of Eliot's The Wasteland (in which he does a straight lift from the 3rd Canto) is laid over a collage of illustrations running the gamut from a medieval illustration of Dante's 3rd Canto, postage stamps and other clues to the connections between 14th Century Italy and 21st Century America. Collage is a type of construction or assemblage of images and other detritus. It is my aim to show connections between the past and present in both art and literature. At its simplest it is like Zippy: "Wherever you go, there you are!" In another sense we can learn from a deep study, what motivates and drives people and perhaps learn how to navigate the middle of this realm of addiction and aversion with a steady gait.