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O Rose...

Posted in Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Interna, Interviews by Suzanne on April 16th, 2007 | BBC Wikipedia

Kaetii - Portrait II by Christopher Lee Donovan - click for details

O Rose, thou art sick!
The Invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of Crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

(The Sick Rose by William Blake)


In case any of you wondered why I haven't updated this blog as often as I used to, the explanation is a rather depressing one for me: About a month ago, when I had an ultrasound examination of my eyes done, my optometrist noticed a progressed incurable deformation of my optic nerves in both eyes. He had no clue where that came from - as such things normally happen after accidents, birth defects or brain tumours - so it was all pretty confusing for both him and me. However, I'm in good hands now and I got new nerd glasses prescribed. Yay! I'll have to be monitored regularly from now on though to make sure that it doesn't get any worse since any further deformation could possibly be dangerous.

It's not that I didn't notice that there was something seriously wrong with my eyes, but I hadn't really expected something quite so dramatic. Anyway, at least this finally explains why I've constantly had red eyes, headaches, concentration difficulties, a rather short attention span and visions (yup!) in the past few years. And I guess it also explains why I always see a giant angry Hello Kitty® fighting against Godzilla whenever I look at toasted bread. It's just my optic nerves sending confusing messages to my brain. o_O

On a happier note, I got a chance to meet and (quickly) interview the amazing Peter Blegvad at Fumetto 07 and I want to take ballet lessons again - for purely masochistic reasons this time. Uhmm.. I dunno what that has got to do with Blegvad, but anyway...

And in other news, the congenial Jim Woodring makes me feel terribly guilty for using my Moleskine® as a profane notepad. *sighs


Red Ribbon (detail) by David Stoupakis - click for details

Chris Ryniak | Christopher Lee Donovan | Daniel Martin Diaz | David Stoupakis (finally!) | Diana Bezanski | Elisa Lazo De Valdez | Jason D'Aquino | Keegan Wenkman | Lens Culture | Lizz Lopez | Matthew Woodson | Ruby Mag #17 | Scott Radke

The Candylicious Portfolio ov Thee Day award goes to: Pop Machine, I Love You

The Nerd Site ov Thee Day award goes to: Susan Kare's User Interface Graphics


Young Lord Oliver by Marion Peck - click for details

Marion Peck's Soft Paintings for Gentle People at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, USA.

→ Opened: 14 April 2007 | Closes: 19 May 2007 | Additional information | Artist's website | Opening reception photos

© Bernd Preiml - click for details

Bernd Preiml's Buabnsunn at Artbits Galerie in Wien, AT.

→ Opens: 20 April 2007, 7 PM onwards | Closes: 9 June 2007 | Additional information | Artist's blog

Also: If you happen to be in London before April 29th, make sure to visit the stunning Hogarth exhibition at Tate Britain. I found it profoundly educational and deeply humorous.


Andrew Brandou studio visit (by Juxtapoz)

Diane Arbus audio interview (by Almanac Magazine)

Espira interview (by The Extra Finger)

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck interview (by BBC Collective)

Junko Mizuno YouTube interview (by BBC Choice)

Marcel Dzama interview (by KultureFlash)

Peter Blegvad interview (by Meeeeeeee! for FumettoBlog®)

Wayne Belger interview (by Alarm Press)

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14 comments to " O Rose... "

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    Lafave says:

    That is bad news. I wish your optic nerves the best. So let's see a self-portrait in your nerd glasses, young miss.

    April 16th, 2007 at 4:45 am

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    Bryan Alexander says:

    Oh no! Please mend in your spectacular fashion. We're thinking of you, and remain in awe.

    (humming the Coil riff on "O Rose")

    April 16th, 2007 at 7:19 am

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    arran says:

    Sorry to hear about your eyes. I hope it is all sorted out soon. In the meantime I bet you will look great in your nerd glasses.

    All the best. xo

    April 16th, 2007 at 6:46 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Thank you all very much for your kind words, thoughts and wishes. Say hello to Corran from me, Arran, and please don't work too hard and eat something, you two! :D

    Isn't it weird that they can implant blind cats borg eyes but can't fix deformed optic nerves?!

    Eyes are such peculiar little organs... :roll:

    April 17th, 2007 at 2:52 am

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    kid37 says:

    Don't make it a theme for the Bleeding Eye Posting Thread at the forum. Although I'm sure you'll always keep your "vision", I think you'll better listen to what the doctor says. All the best! (Isn't it funny, in terms of body language, that this "Beinhaus grimmer Schmerzen" often hits you where it will hurt you most?)

    April 17th, 2007 at 4:41 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    I'll try not to, Kid37. ;) However, I've always found bleeding eyes something rather aesthetic. It's weird to have an "internal" deformation that isn't painful at all and can't even be seen from the outside. Hmm.. maybe I also have an evil twin growing inside me. I guess I should get a complete body ultrasound done. :)

    April 17th, 2007 at 5:53 pm

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    jean poole says:

    yay for mr.blegvad~! off to read your interview now...
    love leviathan to bits - and recently got to see a play that peter blegvad wrote ( & i think narrated ) - is on a dvd from a book called 'imaginary media' - reviewed by me here

    ciao from melbs & good luck with those precious eye things~! x

    April 20th, 2007 at 12:10 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    Thank you for your good wishes and the interesting link. I hope you liked the Blegvad interview despite its shortness - it was intended for an audience that didn't know anything about Blegvad or Leviathan.

    April 21st, 2007 at 6:05 pm

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