08 January 2011

The first painting of the year

Back to the destiny, 2011, Marisa Polin
Sorry that I can only now post something. I have a good excuse, I was painting and to proof it here is a photo of the very first painting of the year: Back to the destiny. It is based on a poem by K. P. Kavafis. It will be exhibited at the group exhibition Ithaca or Poetry Project IV at World Art Delft in The Netherlands. It opens 29 January 2011.


When you start on your journey to Ithaca,
then pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
Do not fear the Lestrygonians
and the Cyclopes and the angry Poseidon.
You will never meet such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your body and your spirit.
You will never meet the Lestrygonians,
the Cyclopes and the fierce Poseidon,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not raise them up before you.
Then pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many,
that you will enter ports seen for the first time
with such pleasure, with such joy!
Stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and corals, amber and ebony,
and pleasurable perfumes of all kinds,
buy as many pleasurable perfumes as you can;
visit hosts of Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from those who have knowledge.
Always keep Ithaca fixed in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for long years;
and even to anchor at the isle when you are old,
rich with all that you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would never have taken the road.
But she has nothing more to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not defrauded you.
With the great wisdom you have gained, with so much experience,
you must surely have understood by then what Ithaca mean.

-K. P. Kavafis (C. P. Cavafy), translation by Rae Dalven

1 comment:

Desertnut said...

Hi Polink & Happy New Year! I love your 1st of the year painting! All of your paintings I've seen here are so unique and awesome. You are so talented!