Thursday, September 4, 2014


all photos © Mikoko Hara
from a current exhibit at the Getty Center: "IN FOCUS: TOKYO."
Hara was born in 1967, graduated from Keio University,
and is interested in "distance and isolation of people in public spaces – especially of women."
these photos, which I found extraordinarily moving, are from a series called AGNUS DEI
[which as you may know means Lamb of God]

"Duende rises through the body. It burns through the soles of a dancer’s feet, or expands in the torso of a singer It courses through the blood and breakers through a poet’s back like a pair of wings It smokes through the lungs; it scorches the voice; it magnifies the words. It is risky and deathward leaning. “The duende does not come at all unless he sees that death is possible,” [Garcia de] Lorca says (Deep Song). Duende, then, means something like artistic inspiration in the face of death. It has an element of mortal panic and fear. It has the power of wild abandonment. It speaks to an art that touches and transfigures death…”

-Edward Hirsch, TheDemon and the Angel; Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration

all photos © Mikoko Hara


  1. I thought I saw a comment last night containing quotes from Church councils prior to Vatican II, but it is not here this morning. Whoever it was that posted it, it would be interesting to hear what you meant with your comment in relation to Heather's article. I like Plato's view on art and how he (a pre-Christian philosopher) understood artistic inspiration to come about. I don't think Heather is saying that genuine artistic inspiration comes about through evil, or evil spirits, which it seemed your comment might be implying. What is your opinion as to how an artist might become inspired?

  2. Watched the movie Finding Forrester last night. There is a scene where the writer/mentor explains, very briefly, how he writes as an example for the young kid he is teaching. Apparently the inspiration would come during this technique.


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