In The Logic of Sensation (a meditation on Francis Bacon), Gilles Deleuze offers the image of “a painter confronted with the whole tradition of painting right there on the blank space which is no longer blank” (Tim Cresswell, in Blank Space 4: Page and Canvas).
This is the same, Cresswell suggests, “for a poet who has to face the page/screen with the knowledge of all the poems that have gone before (leaving aside those who try and write poems without having read that much of course)” (ibid).
How did I get onto this topic? I was looking for something that would deal with (or at least touch on) the interconnections between image and text — something to go with the quasi-calligraphic squiggles in this image I captured on Good Friday.
Although there is no actual text here, it seems there is some evidence of the preparation to write; it is certainly more than a haphazard spill.
PS: Tim Cresswell’s blog, Varve, is worth a visit.