“Oh dream maker you heartbreaker, wherever you’re going I’m going your way.” Moon River/Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Beauty is a dream. There is beauty in a dream, and it is the beauty of dreams that we reach for. There is so much pain in beauty, one person I am convinced who knew that very well is Alexander McQueen. When I am asked about beauty I can’t help but think of him, seeing how beauty literally killed him. He went so far, reached so far in his dreams, to pluck out of the ether, out of his sleep, his nightmares, his fantasies, his love and the vast expanse of knowledge to bring us beauty.
This same dream maker, is also a heartbreaker. I also think of Picasso and his voracity for creating beauty, the energy it required of him and everyone and everything around him to bring his vision of beauty to the world.
Dream maker, heartbreaker. My heart breaks for Van Gogh, when I think of his love letters to his brother Theo, when I think of the pain he endured just to have the world look at the beauty of peasants, the beauty of the working class. No one bought his beauty when he was alive, but he was so convinced of its value that nothing else mattered. He had to materialize, had to make matter and by that I mean materialize, make tangible the beauty of what was at the time ordinary…
And what of the Africans? What of them who made beautiful objects of ivory, of wood, of metal, of clay, of skin, of hair, of blood, of sound? Where did their beauty come from? I am speaking of centuries ago, millennia ago where a carver, or a drummer had no theatre, or museum to reference. Did their beauty not come from dreams, from visions, from feeling, from love? The beauty of the Africans is so tangible, so palpable that Picasso and Brancusi could not resist, were drawn to it, convinced to transform it, bring it to a new world. Once again taking what was ordinary, obscure, even ugly at that time and presenting it to the world as beauty.
“there’s such a lot of world to see, we’re all after the same rainbow’s end…
“Text first published in A Magazine curated by Giambatista Valli
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