Friday, November 20, 2009

Birch Scrolls

Birch Scrolls
November 19, 2009

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In the Forum: Why would anyone not worship a tree?


Joseph Hutchison said...

Wonderful! The raw bark resting on the finished wood gives this a strange resonance. And I love strangeness!

Caio Fernandes said...

this is a good work .

you're right . people really overeact with this tree stuff .

i like the idea of to have a tree in the livingroom .
should have the for the whole year . as much trees as possible .
it would upset the housewifes and their precious ugly furnitures .
would upset designers too , that are as son-of-bitches and self-centred as artists .
it would upset so many people . and we would have nice pines by our side . would be like to watch tv in a forest without a bear trying to eat your arm .
and the people that sells christimas trees would have to get another job . sad .

awyn said...

Shapes in nature that mimic our language symbols... curiously, that's the first thing I thought of when I saw these magnificent birch scrolls. Ku-Ken? Wu-Hune? The one on the right definitely looks like a Wu-Hune.

Thanks for posting them. A visual delight!

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Joe. I never would have guessed!

Caio, thank you too. Let’s plant our indoor trees and invite everyone for the Temperamental Designers Convention, those sons-of-birches.

Annie, I’m glad you like the scrolls. I wish I knew what or who Ku-Ken and Wu-Hune refer to. But I like your observations, and, as your link to the Armenian alphabet shows, we can also say “language symbols that mimic shapes in nature.”

RUDHI - Chance said...

If you put this scrolls into an old street-organ driven by hands, maybe the melodie of the birch would become hearable: raindrops-music... a tree in the room - soon christmas-trees are coming!

William Michaelian said...

Rudhi, the other side of these scrolls is smoother and looks even more like the music rolls from an old player piano. I love your street organ scene. It sounds like part of a fairy tale.

And there are many Christmas tree farms where I live. Too bad Caio is driving them out of business....

Gary B. Fitzgerald said...


Upon these scrolls are written
the very secrets of alive
in the alphabet of DNA.
Is it so unusual, then, that we,
simple words of the same language,
should write our own words down upon paper
in the very same way?


vazambam said...

I see two tree creatures here--the one on the left with the big eye has its nose in the air while the one on the right--the one with a dot for an eye--has an air of dejection--it looks like its lips are pursed as it meditates on its rejection. Nice composition, William.

非凡 said...

I'm appreciate your writing skill.Please keep on working hard.^^

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, 非凡.

You, too, Vassilis. Dejection and rejection — very perceptive of you to recognize the autobiographical element.

Gary, another nice poem. I’m not surprised.

William Michaelian said...

Annie, I spent a little more time looking at the chart you linked to. Now I see, in the last column on the right, the letters you were referring to. “Ken” and “Hune” are the names of the letters; “Ku” and “Wu” are used to represent the sounds they make — a soft k sound, and a longish u sound that’s hard to show here in English, but which might be better represented by a “Yu.” At any rate, you’re right, the resemblance is there.

Now all we need is a drawing of a word orchestra, and in the back row someone poised with a great shining set of language cymbals.

ALeks said...

"Now all we need is a drawing of a word orchestra, and in the back row someone poised with a great shining set of language cymbals."-
this sounds great,I will finish your portrait first than try to make a drawing of a word orchestra,if not with a set of language cymbals than with a set of shining birch trees,ok? :O)
Have great day,Aleksandra

William Michaelian said...