Friday, January 16, 2009

A Silk Carving in a Spanish Room

Can you talk about the charm of decay? Normally I would say this is contradictory because decay never contains charm. Decay is linked to poverty or at least impoverishment and there is nothing charming about it. But this room tells a different story. It may be in an old Spanish villa or mansion somewhere in the highlands of La Mancha or in the south, loaden with history and many stories. These walls have a lot to tell...
See more about the silk carving series Angkor's Faces here if you like


original image source from http://www.forum-dueren.de

"Buddha"
( from the Angkor's Faces series)
silk carving, 14" x 14"
©Petra Voegtle

5 comments:

Lynda Lehmann said...

Poverty is not pretty, Petra, I agree! But antiquity, which whispers of bygone lives and times, has a hypnotic charm.

I've been to only Italy, in Europe, but the beauty and mystery of antiquity held me spellbound!

Petra Voegtle said...

...unless you have to live in it yourself. We as tourists often feel attracted and charmed by environments which are pittoresque, motifs for the camera but when you look behind the layers you will soon realize that it is more often not so funny and charming at all to really have to live there, work there. Venice is the perfect example. Of course there are all these renovated palazzi owned by a few which can invest money and which are loved by tourists but when you have to live in one of those in the second row, with all the humidity and that awful smell in the wet season, when the heating doesn't seem to work and the cold creeps into everything - it's no fun any more. Visit Venice when the fog has taken over or when the water from the sea is flooding the city or in summers when you can hardly breate because it's so humid or when the winds are coming from the wrong direction - straight away from the industry nearby - and the canals begin to stink. This is something the tourists will hardly see. Strangely the owners of the palazzi flee from the city then also...

Lynda Lehmann said...

I was in Venice in early summer, and I know what you mean. There was far too much litter, and gray water from the restaurants still pouring into the canals. The weather was hotter than usual for that time of year, and the air was sticky and smelly! Too many tourists, too much chewing gum and too many cigarette butts on the streets...

The places I fell in love with were less urban than Venice. Like Bussana Vecchia in Liguria, and Imperia Vecchia. Venice has its own set of problems that are unique, and I for one, rich or not, would probably not enjoy living there.

chintz-of-darkness said...

Your Angkor's Faces series is amazing. The expressions that you have captured are timeless...

S+S

Petra Voegtle said...

Hi Spendor, thanks so much!

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