Ave atque vale

ὁ Μέγας Θύρσος (The Great Thyrsos), dimensions variable, pine cones, dried leaves, plastic grapes and ivy, black paint, and sumi ink on rice paper, 2011. (© Darryl Smith, 2019)

Ok, so maybe I’m not burying my dead brother or anything, but I am setting aside a past self and unearthing a new and improved self. Am I a phoenix? No, but I have been in school for quite some time and I am finally out. It’s done, y’all. I’m done, y’all. And I feel like I’m a bottle of information that’s been shaken up for too long and is ready to explode.

Naturally this platform is where I’d like to deliver this information, not in an explosive manner…I’d prefer people can read and understand how I think. It is a place where I can synthesize my language learning side with my art making side.

Language learning? Since I was a wee lad essentially. It has kind of grown into an obsession at this point and I have my own tips and tricks for navigating learning a new language, but it has helped me grow in more ways than one. Each language opens my mind to how I view the world and I get to see myself and my surroundings through a different lens.

At some times I kind of feel like a guy in an RPG where each town has its own beast and I am there to not kill it, but just…I don’t know…make friends with it, and get to know it better. Some languages are very much alike despite them being spoken in various parts of the world. I find these similarities quite interesting so I have continued to search for more.

Now that leads me to art. Since this is dkbsart.blog, I can’t forget to talk about the art, the main course. Art for me is a form of visual communication, which basically means it is an innate, breathing language spoken by thousands upon thousands of creative people around the world.

So bam! YOU ARE BILINGUAL AFTER-ALL (assuming that you may only speak English). As I have progressed through my own art training I have always had it in the back of my mind various questions that start from the linguistic world and end up in the visual world. For example, “How are verb stems similar to poses of authoritative figures in sculpture?” or otherwise said as “How can the knowledge of verb stems help us understand the narrative of a figurative sculpture by looking at key elements in the pose?”

If we figurative artists are bilingual by way of creating a language of visual expression, I’d like to get to know them from the inside out. I think it is so neat when things in visual art click more after thinking about not-so-visual concepts like grammar. 

It can most certainly get complicated but I’d like to go through it all calmly (like my art), one step at a time so everything doesn’t seem as daunting as you may think. It’s all connected.

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