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Taste Testing

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Published: 14.07.2009


Now she is older (more teenager than kitten) Matilda is sometimes allowed into my studio. There’s much to explore. This is accomplished by patting, biting, tearing, tasting : pens, pencils, scriber, pliers, paper, drawings, metal, stone. Chemicals are safely out of the way, though she thinks my tusche looks promising (cat’s paw calligraphy). The lid is tightly closed.

What is the taste of marble? So veined, Carrara marble might taste of flesh. Living? Dead? Ethereal? So cold. But it warms in the hand. And the word marble has a taste — a shape and a feel in the mouth. Start with the lips closed for “m”, then drop the jaw and hollow the whole mouth to accommodate the “ar”, then bring the lips together for “b” and place the tongue behind the top teeth for “le”. A real mouthful. Not gritty and dusty, as those of us who work with the stuff know it, but a taste of heroic animality (think: Michelangelo’s David), voluptuousness (his Dying Slave), ecstasy (Bernini’s St Theresa), despair (Michelangelo’s Pieta Rondanini ).

Can you taste it, Tilda?


                

     David             Dying Slave           Pieta Rondanini             Missa Breva (M.West)

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About the author

Margaret West is an artist who sometimes makes jewellery; she writes: mostly poetry essays. She has exhibited widely in Australia overseas. She lives in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.

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Touching the thingness of words the wordness of things.