Thursday, December 21, 2017

From joy to despair

Song of Songs: Timeless love poetry in contemporary calligraphy.

I wanted my overall layout to suggest the intense pleasure and intense despair described in Chapter V: Verses 2 - 6.  I set myself the goal of using only the line spacing to evoke emotions.  

The text reads very simply, from top to bottom.  
The curves get closer and closer to each other as the young woman hears her lover approaching; the lines crowd together around  the glowing vortex (at present just a white space) where her "heart trembles;" then when he is unexpectedly gone the lines start to pull apart; finally when she says "he did not answer" her hope seems to drift into the cold and dark of the empty sky at night.  At that point, she feels as far from him as a distant star.  

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