Sinaida Wolf
Sunbathing in the studio
1536 x 860 pixels
photos, digital art
©2018

** 1

a promise to bring something home
something new,
something fitting

space exists
called patience
— the middle of the ocean is
not where anything
ends

the pleasant swell —
a consummate aphrodisiac
lapping on
hull

tattered map remnants with
points of departure many —
from
somewhere interior

what is loved is not hemmed in
nor subject to aging
nor quiet, nor still

what’s loved
is blossoming beyond belief
or beliefs —
vine-like and hurried

the least likely answer
demures
— the furthest premonitions
intrude
unannounced

shadows of a lone figure
promise to care —
birthed,
gaining significance
from well-placed light

& dripping
voluptuous drops

continuing
to hold on

drained of most meaning



Sinaida Wolf
Sepia no1
960 x 960 pixels
Pencil drawing, photo, digital art
©2018


** 2

inside
an unclassified style of cloud

you may not have known to
look for
the truth — little more than mist,
it doesn’t run or even hide

it waits
to be asked
the right question

days
of grey, complicated
interference

be sure
— there is nothing new
under the sun, meaning ever

a genealogy,
but not that far back

a history
somewhat watered down

a waterfall future —
one of
recovering dreams
clouded by passion

and
ones now on trial

the first year it could be said
we go back

meaning iron thread
peeking out a clearing
in the clouds

mistaken for sunlight

 —

Sinaida Wolf
Thoughts about structures
1532 x 1149 pixels
fine liner, photo, digital art
©2017

** 3

behind color, objects

underneath those, reasons

beyond explanations,
something like dreams

the shadow that grew
while no one watched

the thing laid bare
after so many chapters
— such comfort in numbers

the medium
sees certain senses dip in & out

when it’s all dry, the one remains

eternal —
one, next life fills a vacuum

with the rhythm of train tracks
and endless scenery
by and by

brush stroke
buys the next conversation

one for keeps



Sinaida Wolf
Broken layers
960 x 960 pixels
ball pen, ink, digital art
©2016


** 4

within his head
she said the thing an intuition exists for

sound of a large coin hitting the floor

whirly birds in the sky
with no earthly use —

they’re tied to the single upward gaze
of each of a million
dreamers

the dream exists
to say
wake up

she is
comfortable talking to herself
on paper

— go ahead

the voice a tool
the ear an antenna
the mind a sieve

life is a lark

but seriously..




Sinaida Wolf
Tenderly
960 x 720 pixels
watercolor, ink, photo, digital art
©2015

Afterthought

the gun hanging on a wall

a living skyline —

gliding,
repeating — just often enough
to hypnotize

how both blow smoke

— both
stand in for
the stark and bleak of
culture’s evasion

society’s big time

biding time

& hallowed
the measure of fruit ripening —
with stopwatch

spin passage,
bid the good times something, anything

tilting the cut faces of a diamond
to catch light

all that we let stand in
for
breathing

the gun’s weight

having the nail cave
to gravity
of
a situation



Sinaida Wolf
Secret
1536 x 872 pixels
mixed media, silk, ink, photo, digital art
©2015

poetry, Miguel Escobar ©2018

Statement of Poetics – Miguel Escobar, June 2018
Mysterious as I might like these mysterious things to remain. . .
Robert M. Pirsig’s grand “metaphysics of quality,” as uncovered in his 1974 book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, together with the ghost of T.S. Eliot’s thought on the objective correlative in literature, how emotion is experienced in Art–both come to mind, and I believe work together, to explain my current writing process — a process of trying to discriminate and detect in, or craft into a verse object an artful taste. . . . Apply or merge that with the idea of experimentation in attempting to mimic styles of abstraction, impressionism, expressionism, surrealism — how those things might manifest in language and emanate outwards; this inside a stream of consciousness smattered with subconscious allusion or reference, even if it is only in the later discovery. . . . Is this how you come close to being able to objectify something as inherently subjective as this? Some kind of mist, smoke or invisible hand. . .




Artist Statement – Sinaida Wolf, July 2018
A rough sketch of the artist’s thoughts on her process, as described to the poet, from a very recent conversation.

The main artistic process I follow is one of layering. With digital work, as compared with painting alone, there seems to develop and manifest more of an element of surprise during the process of creation. Layers themselves are each highly individual expressions, and a relationship develops with each, between it and the artist. The surprise is felt as a sense of wonder at something new emerging from the process of layering. Patience can be said to be very much at work, as meaning is something that must be awaited, before then being able to follow or further develop that meaning, once it becomes clear enough. Concrete expression of the overall meaning is often revealed in the creation of a title or the inclusion of poetry.



Osmosis: Regarding the Influence of Sinaida Wolf’s Art on Mine – Miguel Escobar
I feel very happy and honored to share this space with Sinaida Wolf, my very close artist friend from Germany, whose works have been an influence on my art life for something over two years now. I want to share a few thoughts about that influence, since the context may be of interest when the reader is taking in and experiencing our works here.

The art of writing, like all art, stems and flows from mysterious places inside us, and staying true to that mystery, by trying to retain and reflect it in one’s art, is natural to some of us, even if it has taken a lifetime of work, or some part of it, to uncover some knowledge of that as a kind of truth, about the muse, and its process.

There has been only one work of Sinaida’s art that by itself ever moved me to write something specific, and it was, I think, because I imagined or discerned the piece of art as containing a gift. I felt moved to reflect on the piece directly, by creating a little story, as a poem, about an unusual gift being given directly to me. Interestingly, that poem has never been finished, and something about it has remained elusive to me, which I suspect is wrapped up in my own perfectionism. That particular work of hers that I associate thematically with a gift is one of the pieces I selected to include here, though my unfinished poem is not.

I mention this rather isolated artistic incident to underline the fact that the main influence her art has had on me, or mine, seems to be more of an osmosis — one of learning to work, give voice to, and trust the workings and expressions of the subconscious.

At some level, knowledge of Sinaida’s other life as a professor of art therapy, and the connection that has with psychology, made me seriously consider whether there was true, personal meaning to be searched for inside her works. Then, extrapolating that to my own writing, considering whether the same could be done with words — the creation of meaning, but by consciously trying to create and retain an abstract and impressionistic aura that might exude enigma, or mystery, and both invite and defy the discovery of meaning.

More recently I’ve begun to think, or realize, that if parts of one’s life, or psyche, needs to remain hidden, and yet there is a tension that develops because there is a natural desire to want to be open and share, then subconscious expression is a solution, and one’s art then acts as a bridge.

These particular rivers and the bridges over them operate at one level, but there is also the level of the work that is towards the perfecting of the artistic object, and operating at that level is more conscious, and in the thick of things. Both levels work in tandem as the process of creation, and may be a parallel to the kind of layering Sinaida describes as being the main feature of her artistic process.



Miguel Escobar
photo by Life, formerly Annie Escobar
©2013

Biographical Notes – Miguel Escobar
Miguel Escobar’s writing has appeared on-line at Luciole Press, Diaphanous Press Fall 2017 Issue, on Facebook since late 2015, in the WordPress blog community, and on MySpace circa 2007-2008. He resides in the northern California city of Sacramento, at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers.

Miguel Escobar on facebook
email: mjescobar@msn.com


Sinaida Wolf
photo by the artist’s brother
©2014

Biographical notes – Sinaida Wolf
Sinaida Wolf (her artist name), German artist, studied art at the University Of Arts, Ottersberg, Germany. She has participated in various exhibitions in Germany and abroad, the last being a group exhibition: the Seoul, Korea International Photo Festival 2018, which ran 5/31 through 6/6/2018. In her other profession, she works as a professor of art therapy in Germany, teaching digital art and art therapy. She also teaches abroad in Malaysia, China and the Philippines.

Sinaida Wolf on facebook
Sinaida Wolf on Instagram
Email: sinaidawolf@googlemail.com

Comments ( 4 )

  1. Replyphibby venable
    love this! two truly outstanding artists!
    • ReplyAuthorKrysia Jopek
      Thank you, phibby, for viewing diaphanous 2.5, and for your lovely comment!
    • ReplyMiguel Escobar
      thanks so much, Phibby.. it is in certain ways that I’m here because of you..
  2. ReplySinaida Wolf
    Thank you so much Phibby- I feel deeply honored but I must say - it is Miguel who deserves this compliment the most !!! Warmly Sinaida

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