Plants and Vessels

I don’t know where or how I spotted Pang Xunqin’s Vase of Chrysanthemums (1974), but I have for some reason been eyeing how to use it in a collage it ever since. Finally, a few days ago, I found what I thought was a suitable companion in Lebanese artist Huguette Caland’s Undercover Rossinante II (2012). I used a photo of a vessel, provenance unknown, to tie them together.

Further variations on the vessel led me to Bettina Dyrhinger’s Blattwerk XXIV and Alice Bailly‘s Still Life with Mimosas (1911).

As a bit of music to accompany you on your journey, here is Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C (1761-65), with Stephen Isserlis on cello. Along with his wonderful performances, Isserlis brightens my day with bits of music history, like this:

“Great pianist Rudolf Serkin b otd 1903! At his Berlin debut, w/Adolph Busch, he needed an encore. ‘Play the Goldberg variations,’ said Busch, as a joke. ‘I took him seriously. When I finished there were only four people left: Adolf Busch, Artur Schnabel, Alfred Einstein and me.'”

2 thoughts on “Plants and Vessels

  1. Britta

    Dear Susan – beautiful! I came to realise only just now that you do the collages – wow, very well done! Britta

    1. Susan Scheid Post author

      Always great to hear from you, and thank you for the kind words. It’s a good feeling just to make things, and also gives me another excuse for spending time looking at and interacting with a lot of art. Hope you and yours are doing well!

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