Tatiana Bonch-Osmolovskaya

Artist, writer, philologist
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of NSW, Australia
Sydney, Australia

In these visual poems, 'Dreaming (almost Heinrich Heine)', 'Tetrahedron of forking paths' and 'Squaring the sphere' I explore geometrical shapes through poetry. An infinite chain of reflections: night and day, dream and reality, heat and coldness, north and south are presented on the Mebious band as two parts of the same image referring to the famous Heine poem; moving along a side of a tetrahedron with a line of a poem, the reader comes to a choice of turning left or right for the next side and the next line, the path continues till the next vortex, and never ends; segmentation of the spherical surface and shifts by one cell for a letter allow me to fulfill an operation of squaring the sphere. Mathematics and poetry are inseparable here, as the poetical intention defines a choice for the form, and geometrical forms define poetical messages, all together, by sphere, regular polyhedron and one-side band making a minimum encyclopedia of formal poetry.


Dreaming (almost Heinrich Heine)
24 cm X 8 cm
paper, print
2013

...On a tropical far southern land

In the middle of desert red sand

Stands a palm tree. Alone in despair

Under the brightest blue sky and thick air

Under the moon and the Southern Cross stars,

She is trembling, her leaves like old scars

Under the hot sandy wind. She is dreaming –

She’s a pine-tree.

As if from the beginning

She is seeing herself

On a far northern land

Among snow and ice she is standing

Over waves, over tide’s never-ending

On a high desert cliff she’s alone

Growing high at the edge of a storm

Over grey windy seas, beneath clouds

Far away from the cities and crowds,

Under bright seven stars of the Great Bear

There’s nobody near her to care.

She’s alone, half-unconscious, losing

Her strong branches by the storm, and musing

As in daydream she sees…


tetrahedron of forking paths
35 cm X 35 cm X 35 cm
paper, print
2013

...If you turn left you will lose your head

If you turn right your horse will fall dead

If you turn left you’ll get a herd instead

If you turn right you will be nicely fed

If you turn left you will rise from dead

If you turn right all your blood will be shed

If you turn left you will become blind

If you turn right you‘ll be the first among mankind

If you turn left you’ll get into a hive

If you turn right you will largely thrive

If you turn left you will wear red

If you turn right will eat led bread

If you turn left you will eat white bread

If you turn right you’ll get back your head

If you turn left you’ll live a king’s life

If you turn right you’ll get the cutest wife

If you turn left your horse will be alive

If you turn right you will die in strife

If you turn left you will lose your mind

If you turn right you will be left behind

If you turn left you’ll be completely mad

If you turn right your mum will be so glad...


Squaring the sphere
15 cm X 15 cm X 15 cm
paper, print
2013

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