"The good historian is like the giant of the fairy tale… wherever he catches the scent of human flesh, there his quarry lies."
Marc Bloch, The Historian’s Craft
Three cat idol paste-ups at 14th St and Florida Ave, Washington, DC
Fossil Friday, Ground sloth descendants.
© The Field Museum, GEO80231.
Ground Sloths Descended from Tree Living Ancestors. Hall 38 Case 37 completed and installed.
Thoughts on taste and comfort
Q: How often is one’s taste (visual, musical, etc.) tied to a feeling of home or comfort?
A: Often, I think. Something can be in your taste if it reminds you of yourself, of a place in your mind, of some Acadia. Alternately, something can also be in your aesthetic if it subverts something of that feeling of home, if it takes you to a strange or scary place far from what you know. - at least this is what I’ve observed from friends, etc.
What does this mean - this taste for for uncomfortable forms, colors, or themes? Is this linked to an affinity for taboo subjects, or simply a need for excitement? Are we just trying to get away from ourselves and what we hold as our true values and qualities?
- Thoughts upon reading The Unknown Matisse and also considering a friend’s alarmed reaction to my skewered shrimp at dinner. The same friend likes images, movies, etc that are “dark”, but is afraid of spiders …and apparently shrimp.
Again, I find myself returning to the play of the uncanny and of fear/disgust in relation to aesthetics. Hello again, weird friend.
VINCENT VAN GOGH. Portrait of Adeline Ravoux, 1890, oil on canvas.