Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

Dolls with Souls / From Pinot Noir’s Personal Files, Under “F”

Penned upon the 10th of June, 2008

Things are improving here, bit by bit. By way of a simple post, untaxing on the body and the nerves, I’ll tell you about an interesting artistic project happening here in Melbourne. Omnific Assembly are calling for contributors for an exhibition called Totem, a collection of sculptures of artists’ selves – not merely self-portraits, but whatever form people feel represents their self.

I think this is a rather beautiful and exciting idea – our self is the medium through which we understand the world; one could even say it is the world, and vice versa. We live not in our selves but become portion of that around us, as Byron put it; Emerson declared the self should become a ‘transparent eyeball,’ perceiving nature without ego; but, equally, the mind shapes and defines the world about it.

We act, and are acted upon; we are free, and yet constrained. As the exhibition’s own write-up points out, the one immediate certainty in this great contradiction is that we all face the confusion of being ourselves and being in the world – we are all alive together, all tied to something essential, and that means something, however alone we may feel. Totem, then, proposes that we sculpt and share our expressions of self, and display them in unison – distinct but united, individual but communal.

Also, you get to make dolls and hang them from the sky. In Federation Square, specifically, from September to November. Should be fun! As of right now I haven’t talked to them yet, but I shall drop them a line (let them know I’m feeling fine) and let you know how my dollmaking goes! In the spirit of the thing, I thought I’d also share with you a page torn from the pocket-journal of a certain cad from the Continent…

Name: Sir Frederick Chook
See the post 16/04/06
Occupation: Baronet, dilettante, bloggeur.
Clubs: The Bohemia, Socialist League, Schnauzerist League, Quadricycle Enthusiasts, Diogenes Club (blackballed for humming)
Warning: Sneaky, and also cheeky.

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