Brigitte Carnochan


Brigitte Carnochan
Floating World


Breaking Heart Queen of the Summer Fields Everyone is Asleep No Lover Comes Splitting Open Time Languished Pulse of a Life Season of Weariness Heart of a Man Only a Dream Hunter of Dragonflies Roads of Dreams In Autumn Scattering Carp Seaweed Gatherer Tangled Hair Words You Used To Say Waiting For You Gift Robe Aching For Your Touch Plum Blossoms in Every Stream Heavenly Hill Perfume

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artist's statement

While rummaging through a used bookstore in Princeton, New Jersey, I discovered a volume of poems translated by Kenneth Rexroth and Ikuko Atsumi in 1977. The poems were by Japanese women from the 7th through the 20th centuries and represent all the major styles during this period-from the Classical to Contemporary schools. I was immediately drawn to the poems, and as I read them-so allusive and rich in imagery-I knew that I wanted to make their photographic equivalents.

What I didn't know then was that I would also want to create my own versions of the poems that could accompany my images. With the help of translators Hitomi Nakamura and Frederick Kotas, who found the originals and gave me literal translations, I composed my own English versions of the poems. The calligraphy on each image, representing the name of the poet, is by Richard Man.

Floating World refers to the conception of a world as evanescent, impermanent, of fleeting beauty and divorced from the responsibilities of the mundane, everyday world. For the poets in this volume that world centered on love-longing for love and the beloved, mourning lost love, pondering its mystery. The beauty of the natural world-its flowers, landscape, the moon, and the changing seasons-serves as the primary metaphor.

Images are archival color pigment on kozo paper and are available in either 8.75 x 8.75, matted to 16 x 20 or 15 x 15, matted to 24 x 24.

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All images © Brigitte Carnochan