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"I look at the word"

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, let us commemorate and recognize going forward the danger of "diverting people of their humanity" in the words of Maya Angelou.

We need her words. Maya Angelou creates imagery with every word, teaching us its capability to corrode a life to its core. With power comes responsibility, which goes for words as for imagery:

"I look at the word created to divert people of their humanity We must be careful Careful of calling people out of their names Using racist pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance"

"I believe that the word is a thing It is non-visible and audible only for the time it is there It hangs in the air But I believe it is a thing
I believe it goes into the upholstery and then in the wall-paper
and into my hair into my clothes Finally into my body I believe that words are things and I live on them
Someday we will be able to measure the power of words"

Cartooning In Wood

Every now and then the activity behind the camera gets caught. Such as the improvised black blanket held up as a background for a tiny statuette. The accidental photo discloses, why this blog at times run silent while writing goes on outside of it or as is the case right now, when preparations are busily on for publication.

She is 23 cm. tall and was carved in wood by Valdemar Andersen a century ago. Her nose is aligned with her forehead, as was the profile of his wife Juliane, although we have no other indication if she was the actual model. This was the profile he gave every woman in his life's work. Juliane was the one he saw before him when portraying woman.

Cartoonists rarely master the art of painting. Most of the time it is sheer pain beholding their attempts on canvas. Layer upon layer of color, where the brush seems to have run astray, refusing to be reined in.

Sculpture, however, is a totally different matter. Cartoonists are master sculptors and have proven their art i…

To Draw

Before the cartoonist there is nothing.

To draw literally means to drag something, as in the pen across the paper. The creation is in the very act. From then on there is definition in what is outlined and as in what is not. The background turns out to be the source of all light.

Siri Dokken's young artist draws out his body in the double sense of the word. The vertical line anchored by his eye and the slanted one running from beneath his shoulder blade to the tip of his fingertip about to come about - the two of them intersect in his heart. He is centered. He has life.

A Danish hymn describes how mighty kings may affirm their power and potency, yet they are powerless in placing even a single leaf on any given plant.

That, however, is easily accomplished by a cartoonist.

Here is our reason why despots so fear the cartoonist's pen, while the mother of Divus of Egoland may tease her son...

- Hey, taking it easy today, are we, son? 

The cartoons shown are courtesy of Siri Dokken an…
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