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Saturday, July 18, 2009 - Red Rock, East Chatham NY

Portrait, Home Farm, Red Rock, East Chatham NY, July 8, 2009
Portrait, Home Farm, Red Rock, East Chatham NY, July 8, 2009

Night camp

On my property off Less Traveled Road - The Home Place, Red Rock, East Chatham NY

Waiting

I remember walking in art galleries, through the nineteenth century: the obsession they had then with harems. Dozens of paintings of harems, fat women lolling on divans,turbans on their heads, or velvet caps, being fanned with peacock tails, a eunich in the background standing guard. Studies of sedentary flesh, painted by men who'd never been there. These pictures were supposed to be erotic, and I thought they were, at the time; but I see now what they were really about. They were paintings about suspended animation; about waiting, about objects not in use. They were paintings about boredom.

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

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