Aung San Suu Kyi #2: reflections on Marina, princess of Tyre

Edward G. Nilges, “State of Portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi as of 23 August 2010”, acrylic on canvas 15 x 15 cm

The darkness of the dress must pick up that of the hair.

A column of light like a pillar of fire shall extend from her rather high forehead down to her only slightly middle-aged neck.

These three notes need to construct the basic theme, like the Kyrie of the Missa Solemnis.

She shall wear dull but glowing earrings as is the custom in her land.

Her name is spelled Suu not Syu. She is the daughter of one who gave the British hell, such that the British Resident was heard to say when he left, I depart unhonoured and Aung San’d.

Western media doesn’t make the obvious parallel between the Bangkok communards of last year and Burma of the year before. It’s a boot stamping on a human face, but not in this portrait where I am like Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously remaking reality in his “magic developing bath”.

Right now I see the background as Asian, dull reds and yellows. The dress blue catching a light in its centre which I need to add.

Outside, a sudden rain smacks the window air conditioner.


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