As a Spanish man, I would like to say that I love bullfighting but, sorry for it, I don’t like it at all (sorry again). I know that bullfighting comes from old Dionysius parties and it symbolizes the fight with the absurd, the Humankind fighting against Nature but… I prefer to do some little more sophisticated things.
Today, we’ve received a mail from our friend Elena Malec with a book she wants to promote. He has made a collage in tribute to the Spanish painter Picasso. I would like to desire her all of the best with the book and I would like to contribute with a few words about this.
Nobody as H. Melville has described so good the absurd, the obsession of the fight between the man and the beast. There’s a great literary tradition speaking about this but we can find in this North American writer the best example in this sense: the man obsessed with fight against a god converted into a beast, the man who wants to meet this god and claims against him. Melville tries to run the final way into a story that becomes a metaphor of lives and centuries. The ship crew got mad with the mad words of a mad man and, at the end, they decide the final madness.
In some way, the story of Melville is a story of art too, people fighting against the most terrible enemy the Humankind can
find: time. Talking about painting, time represents the essence of the unsolvable paradox: a moment in a time that can live forever. Picasso represented this moment as a genius, as the man who could stop time many times. The Guernica is the story of a cruel moment in tempestuous times, stopping the time and showing us the most awesome fight against this invisible enemy. Painters have had to face this enemy for centuries, trying to preserve their oils, trying to stop time, trying, at last, to survive in their paintings.
It’s so cruel to be human, it’s so terrible to be alive, it’s so sad to look at the window and see how the Death comes converted into a white whale. I admire Picasso because he will live forever, I admire Melville because he had the grift of trying to do something great, something marvelous, something special… and I admire Elena Malec because she has the courage of live, paint and write.
From Yareah, we wish you all the best. We are sure of your next success. Good luck with your white whale, Elena.
More about the next book by Elena Malec ‘I Can Make Art’ http://yareah.com/?p=5305