Aung San Suu Kyi #3: reflections on Marina, princess of Tyre

Edward G. Nilges, “State of ‘Aung San Suu Kyi’ as of 24 Aug 2010”, acrylic on canvas 15 x 15 cm

Alter? When the hills do.
Falter? When the sun
Question if his glory
Be the perfect one.

(Emily Dickinson)

She looks a little posh
That look came hard to her
‘Twas her father’s struggle
Against the lathi rod and cosh

She got an Education
Abroad…they can’t forgive
That with such Gifts…she’ll give

Resentment unallayed
Is but a Tribute paid
By those who can no longer praise
The morning sun, its Rays

(Apologies to Emily Dickinson)

The photograph inferior, but the painting is changing. A fundamental feature of the dysfunction from which I still struggle to emerge is blindness to process. The painting is darkening and the brush strokes in the background, albeit abstract, are much more difficult to get right.

They need to literally represent the social struggle surrounding her. They are underpainting for what probably will be Asian yellow and the red of flames.

I always find abstraction harder than realism.


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