Beautiful Dark

Patricia Katchur & Joni Wallace

artworks                           poetry

Beautiful Dark began in the spirit of Andre Breton's cadavre exquis or exquisite corpse,  It is a conversation between artists, between media, between the corporeal and non-corporeal, the lit and the umbral.  Image informed text, text informed image through pattern, texture, sound, and poetic associations.  As we worked, subject matter revealed itself - ghostings of voices, silhouettes, landscapes, crepuscular creatures.  The accumulation of these here is intended as a kind of architecture, one  of murmuration and noir, one where a body wishes to to be held. 


noir (n):  1. a form of neorealism in which the subject matter is represented through the lens of any number of nightjars; 2. (v) the representation of one or more silhouettes in  crepuscular light; 3. (v) to flash light an object; to ground or foreground. 

murmuration: 1. (n) the sound made by turbulent blood around or inside the heart; 2. (n) an accumulation of low voices, usually those of strangers, overheard in a public space. 3. (n) choreographed flight of moths or starlings, usually occurring at twilight or dusk. 

Patricia Katchur / Tucson Arizona