Collaboration #9 Guillermo Delgado’s image, Anita Skeen responded


Guillermo Delgado's Untitled #9, 2009, mixed media on wood, 10'' x 10.25''

Guillermo Delgado's Untitled #9, 2009, mixed media on wood, 10'' x 10.25''

The Mapmaker lifts her pen from paper and sees the shape she has drawn is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.   Not wanting it to be alone, she touches down her pen again outlining a mitten, open-faced and ready for cold. There will be a city somewhere mid-mitten, so she drops a yellow ball into the palm calling it the state capital. Now a highway would be nice, though she’d rather have a river. She dips a brush in blue and a line flows south below the border, curving to miss the lake she has not painted, bending north a short distance where she drops another yellow dot. It’s windy there, she can tell. She wonders what a voyager on this river-road might see, what is the season of this map. Because, like the UP, she is lonely, she decides it is autumn, leaves swirling on the cerulean roadway, a hunter’s moon rising over water.  This, she is sure, must be cadmium red.   She does not paint the man in the moon but the stag she hears crashing through undergrowth, caught in the sight of the marksman’s rifle, the bullet hole blossoming onto parchment,   alizarin crimson rippling the lake she cannot paint, her map collapsing under the stag’s weight. 5/18/09
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2 thoughts on “Collaboration #9 Guillermo Delgado’s image, Anita Skeen responded

  1. Is it crass to ask if you have/plan to offer any of these for sale? I’m an ex-pat Michigander living in CA and I like this piece. Also, I was a student of Anita Skeen’s back in the ’90s.

    Just curious.

    Thanks.

  2. Hi Bryon,

    Thanks for writing and I’m sorry it took so long to get back to you. It is not crass to ask if the work is for sale…it will be in the future, but not for now. We want to keep the work together so that we can exhibit the collection for a few years?!
    We’ll keep you posted.

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