David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

28 June 2016

Picture your original face (Zen koan)

Yesterday's Ryokan drawing... 

...rang a bell. Matisse at the Chapel of the Rosary, Vence. His depictions of Saint Dominic.


The only face that Matisse depicts in this sacred place is not any usual face fixed upon a head but an image of a face. Not any ordinary image of a face but, prima facie, the extraordinary image of the face of the Logos, from the sixth of the Stations of the Cross, as imprinted upon the veil of Veronica.
A key meta-icon of Western mythoLOGOS/HA HA
 Matisse, Study for the Sixth Station of the Cross: Saint Veronica 1949
Picture your original appearance (TAR)

 Theatre of the Actors of Regard : Head of an Actor (laughing)
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...