Marina Abramovic . The Lovers, 1988 . Sean Kelly gallery
We had more in common than I thought we did. You were my priority. You were your priority.
One of the many recycled words in my posts is “dramatic”. My former beloved used this word on me to the point of it causing me to have heart palpitations. I know I can be this way. It is part of who I am. I often use it as a strength but I can see how it can also become a weakness. Drama is part of what makes my life beautiful but was also a part of what tore my life apart.
Another example of absolutely heartbreaking drama in art is a piece from Marina Abramovic & Ulay. The Lovers: The Great Wall Walk (1988) was a haunting performance that involved the two artists who had planned the performance to end in a marriage. They followed through with the piece after ending their relationship - walking past each other at the end rather than meeting to exchange vows. Follow this link for a thorough analysis.
I know that my personal art often suffers from holding drama back. I’m often too timid with portraying my subject matter. As a result, it falls short. Facing trauma and analyzing the devil out of it is really the only way I get real resolve (hence the blog).