OMG I found it.
All I had to do was type in Orlan Trousseau into google, obviously.
A modern day eyesore. The internet has been, as we’ve always been told, the source of all information - the ability to access everything with the click of a mouse.
This is wrongg/
Where are the pictures of Orlan giving birth to her loved self? I can’t find any pictures of it anywhere! My god, this series of photos were, from memory, Orlans first groundbreaking work that absolutely catapulted her into the art world in the late sixties in Europe and the ret of the world. And google? NOTHING? FUCK YOU.
AND what makes matters so much worse is that when I do type ‘Orlan gives birth to her loved self’ into google, all that comes up is a fucking pregnant Miranda Kerr.
I know I’m not nearly learned enough in the art world to be excused a pretentious tumbl on this, but fuck it. I wanted to see it again. I haven’t veiwed it since high school, and it’s beautiful, goddammit.
“Do you wants some ham? Some cabonossi? Or would like some smoked turkey? What can I get for my little sausage?”
(It was a magpie on our verandah).
Sixteen banners united over the field
Where the good shepherd grieves.
Desperate men, desperate women divided,
Spreading their wings ‘neath the falling leaves.
I stepped forth from the shadows, to the marketplace,
Merchants and thieves, hungry for power, my last deal gone down.
She’s smelling sweet like the meadows where she was born,
On midsummer’s eve, near the tower.
The cold-blooded moon.
The captain waits above the celebration
Sending his thoughts to a beloved maid
Whose ebony face is beyond communication.
The captain is down but still believing that his love will be repaid.
They shaved her head.
She was torn between Jupiter and Apollo.
A messenger arrived with a black nightingale.
I seen her on the stairs and I couldn’t help but follow,
Follow her down past the fountain where they lifted her veil.
I stumbled to my feet.
I rode past destruction in the ditches
With the stitches still mending ‘neath a heart-shaped tattoo.
Renegade priests and treacherous young witches
Were handing out the flowers that I’d given to you.
The palace of mirrors
Where dog soldiers are reflected,
The endless road and the wailing of chimes,
The empty rooms where her memory is protected,
Where the angels’ voices whisper to the souls of previous times.
She wakes him up
Forty-eight hours later, the sun is breaking
Near broken chains, mountain laurel and rolling rocks.
She’s begging to know what measures he now will be taking.
He’s pulling her down and she’s clutching on to his long golden locks.
Gentlemen, he said,
I don’t need your organization, I’ve shined your shoes,
I’ve moved your mountains and marked your cards
But Eden is burning, either brace yourself for elimination
Or else your hearts must have the courage for the changing of the guards.
Peace will come
With tranquility and splendor on the wheels of fire
But will bring us no reward when her false idols fall
And cruel death surrenders with its pale ghost retreating
Between the King and the Queen of Swords.
-Robert Zimmerman. Changing of the Gaurds.
Can’t decided which line to have tattooed on me. They are. All. Moving.