In a previous post at Life As A Human, I presented the work of South African artist, Tanish Bhana to show images of our changing world and the mixture of reality and fantasy captured in her work. This second submission is of what I refer to as “photographic portraiture”. The images and their accompanying poetry can be said to be explained by her artist’s profile:
‘Often composing her works from a dream state, she states that she would like to ‘ignite a subconscious repulsion and connection to common associations that tie us together.’
It is for you, the viewer and reader, to determine if she has succeeded.
Tanisha´s medium: archival pigment prints
© Tanisha Bhana
In the Eden of unknown
Corridors guide to the ashen Faces of lucrative terrain
Where labels mark possession, prepared in unison when harmony caused distress
Belongings hung on parched and blooming foliage
Flourishing on soiled pyjamas from Isabel’s bosom.
Nameless soldiers harvest a yellow yonder
For the banquet of anonymous shadows,
In preparation for the great disparate feast of Abundance.
Isabel’s garden, cultivated in ecstatic pursuit of arranged tenure,
And providing a euphoria of assured faith,
remains alone in-waiting
for floating Lilies to encumber the beloved
in untamed abandonment.
© Tanisha Bhana Dec 2011
When you walked through the valley in the shadow of Self
Did you turn back
To see the remnant fruits of Freedom’s sigh,
And notice the vultures encaged in the Sparrow’s nest,
With the withering stems of the Dandelion’s breath?
When you bite through the sundried apple of Resolve
Intoxicated by the feathers of Refuge in the sanctuary of Instruction,
And consumed by the luscious seeds of counterfeit adoration,
Prostituting devotion for morsels of Rubble in an asylum of Silence,
Fueled by Inhibition;
And sanctioned by Influence;
Did you remember the buds of Desire left behind?
Did you turn back
To feel the windswept leaves recoil on your belly
And lay sleep the entrails of illicit cravings,
To awaken only when shadows shriek.
All photos by Tanisha Bhana – All Rights Reserved
Visit Tanisha´s website : Tanisha’s LabyRinth
Guest Author Bio
Charalee Graydon was born in Alberta, Canada. She is a writer, journalist, academic and past lawyer. She works in the areas mediation and collaboration and is currently a faculty member at EUCLID University.
Charalee holds degrees in Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science, and a Juris Doctorate in Law. Following receipt of a Rhodes scholarship in 1982, she pursued legal studies in Oxford, England where she obtained a B.C. L degree. She held academic positions in England, New Zealand, and Canada and is presently a faculty member at Euclid University. She practiced law in Canada.
She has published three books of literary fiction and one of which has been translated and published in Spanish.
She developed programs for students, judges, and the corporations on legal issues and published academic works in environmental law, sentencing and commercial law.
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