| 'The painter's colourful world', 18 x 24", acrylic on canvas |
(c) Barbara Sala 2015
Monday, 21 December 2015
Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Part 1 Chapter 12
Sunday, 15 November 2015
Part 1 Chapter 11
On Maya’s wedding day spider woman appears at the rim of the broken web: “You destroyed my web! Why did you tell me to run? You want to run away from the web that your thoughts have woven. You tricked yourself into this marriage and for that you want to kill me! You created your web with the yarn of your unhappiness and loneliness. You made yourself believe that you love this man. So leave me alone. Don’t kill spiders. We are useful and I have many children to feed.”
Spider woman crawls up the branch of the hibiscus tree and continues: “During night I wove a material of exquisite stardust into a veil for you. It is my present for you. Even if it is broken now hang the veil above your bed and it will catch your dreams. This veil should always remind you that you need patience, intelligence and great skills to make your marriage work. In your new life tradition has no big place. Not everything is useful that your grandmother taught you. You have to find new solutions.”
With this spider woman turns around, picks up the silver thread and hides underneath the leaves.
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Monday, 26 October 2015
INSECTUAL The Secret of the Black Butterfly.
I've read INSECTUAL at various stages as I was involved in editing it beginning about ten years ago. I'm very glad to see it finally appear in print. It has all the qualities other reviewers have mentioned: strong, vivid writing; a fast-moving story that begins in Nazi Germany during the war years, moves to the Belgian Congo in the early sixties and another particularly bloody war, then comes to rest in Montreal where the narrator enters therapy with a brilliant psychotherapist who helps her retrieve childhood incest memories and unfreeze her considerable artistic talent. (Writing is just one of Barbara Sala's gift - she's also a well-respected "naive" painter.)
I haven't read the current version of INSECTUAL -- a brilliant title that I believe her granddaughter contributed to the project. I'm a fan of Barbara's writing (and painting) but we came to loggerheads when she revised the book, back in about 2010. I was in love with the earlier version - a masterpiece of dramatic irony with a darker subtext than the current one - in fact I thought it really had "bestseller" potential as a portrait of a woman caught in the throes of romantic obsession to the point of extreme-self-deception. If this version is disturbing, the earlier one was at times terrifying in its exploration of a shattered female psyche, almost (but not quite) rescued and redeemed by art.......
Friday, 16 October 2015
Part 1 Chapter 10
He is the daemon who sits very tall on her shoulder. He knows nobody can see him, because he rules in another dimension. To the human eye he is invisible, but to the human heart he is very painful. I, as a painter, however, can make him visible. He represents a vibration of great unhappiness and confusion and my main character was much too young to understand this feeling when it arose for the first time. So she called it “the devil”. To my reader I want to say that there is no devil in this story. It is a feeling.
The daemon has a strong grip on her and his hands form a knot over her chest. The folded hands resemble a flower. No light can penetrate to reach Maya’s hungry soul. “Insectual” is Maya’s journey to discover the meaning of “the devil” feeling. This will be revealed to you at the end.
The daemon doesn’t want the flower to unfold. He would have less control over the situation. Can the gyno help? The gyno in his white cloak cannot hear the daemon through his stethoscope and therefore the daemon does not exist. So the doctor tells Maya she is crazy. Can her future husband help her? Lorenzo with his pipe belching smoke into the environment cannot either.
At that time in the 1960s I was reading Rachel Carson’s Book “Silent Spring.” She foresaw a Spring without the songs of birds.
It is difficult for me, the painter, to analyze my own images. They are mostly the work of my unconscious. Not questioning them, I give them life on paper. And now I give them meaning through words. Thanks for reading them. And maybe your eyes see something completely different again. This is ok as well. Let me know.
Saturday, 12 September 2015
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Chapter 1, 8
A declaration of love? He holds a flower in his hand. She keeps her distance and continues reading. She is sitting on boxes of soap flakes!! The small transistor radio is her only possession. In the distance a river, the Congo River, and boats, telling of possible travels to and from faraway places. The truck is an ideal vehicle for the Cong
olese bush roads. In my mind I am flying away and connect with the past. I hear the waves of the river tapping against the shore. I feel the tropical heat on my skin. I hear the insects buzzing in the dense forest.
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In Montreal INSECTUAL is now available through the Paragraph Bookstore, 2220 Avenue McGill College, Montreal, H3A 3P9
Thursday, 16 July 2015
I have organized a Giveaway with www.Goodreads.com. The Giveaway is for one book. The Giveaway will only be open for entries starting midnight on Monday, July 20 through midnight on Thursday, July 23. Have fun and good luck. Here is the link: http://goodreads.com/giveaway/show/147420-insectual-the-secret-of-the-black-butterfly?utm_medium=email&utm_source=giveaway_approved
Chapter 1,7- Abortion
She is very small. Her man resembles a big bear. Does she feel inferior to men or is the world so dangerous that she needs such a strong man? He accepts to be a bridge to the life which the two will build together. She hopes he will protect her from the ups and downs! In the distance there is a small church. A spiritual yearning slumbers in her unconscious, but she doesn't know how to access it.
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Post Number:#1 by ananya92 » 15 Jun 2015, 13:24 4 out of 4 stars