Archive for Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi released

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 13, 2010 by spinoza1111

Two Imagined Postcards from Aung Saan Suu Kyi

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 20, 2010 by spinoza1111

Edward G. Nilges, “Two Postcards from Aung Saan Suu Kyi”, Acrylic painting stages assembled with text using Microsoft Paint, 20 Sep 2010

“Bhikkhus, all is burning. And what is the all that is burning?”

“The eye is burning, forms are burning, eye-consciousness is burning, eye-contact is burning, also whatever is felt as pleasant or painful or neither-painful-nor-pleasant that arises with eye-contact for its indispensable condition, that too is burning. Burning with what? Burning with the fire of lust, with the fire of hate, with the fire of delusion. I say it is burning with birth, aging and death, with sorrows, with lamentations, with pains, with griefs, with despairs.”

Aung San Suu Kyi (Finale): Reflections on Marina, Princess of Tyre

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 30, 2010 by spinoza1111

Edward G. Nilges, “Aung San Suu Kyi: Reflections on Marina, Princess of Tyre”, 30 August 2010

I Think Continually Of Those Who Were Truly Great
Stephen Spender

I think continually of those who were truly great.
Who, from the womb, remembered the soul’s history
Through corridors of light where the hours are suns
Endless and singing. Whose lovely ambition
Was that their lips, still touched with fire,
Should tell of the Spirit clothed from head to foot in song.
And who hoarded from the Spring branches
The desires falling across their bodies like blossoms.

What is precious is never to forget
The essential delight of the blood drawn from ageless springs
Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth.
Never to deny its pleasure in the morning simple light
Nor its grave evening demand for love.
Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother
With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit.

Near the snow, near the sun, in the highest fields
See how these names are fŠted by the waving grass
And by the streamers of white cloud
And whispers of wind in the listening sky.
The names of those who in their lives fought for life
Who wore at their hearts the fire’s center.
Born of the sun they traveled a short while towards the sun,
And left the vivid air signed with their honor.

Aung San Suu Kyi #7: Reflections on Marina, Princess of Tyre

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 29, 2010 by spinoza1111


Edward G. Nilges, “State of ‘Aung San Suu Kyi: Reflections on Marina, Princess of Tyre’ as of 29 Aug 2010”, acrylic on canvas, 15 x15 cm

Edward G. Nilges, “Monochrome State of ‘Aung San Suu Kyi: Reflections on Marina, Princess of Tyre’ as of 29 Aug 2010”, acrylic on canvas, 15 x15 cm

Edward G. Nilges, “Unfinished Aung San and the Unknown Helper 29 Aug 2010”, acrylic paintings on canvas, photograph was somewhat manipulated (saturation)


Edward G. Nilges, “Aung San Black”, 29 Aug 2010, computer modified acrylic on canvas

“Monks, all is burning. What is burning?” – Buddha

Aung San Suu Kyi #6: Reflections on Marina, Princess of Tyre

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on August 28, 2010 by spinoza1111


Edward G. Nilges, “State of ‘Aung San Suu Kyi’ as of 28 Aug 2010”, acrylic on canvas, 15 x 15cm

It feels as if I am imprisoning her within bars of rose and grey, putting her on a pedestal, obsessing over her image like Evita/Madonna, like that nutbar who swam to her house. Well, art is a constructive way IMO of dealing with obsessions.

Once again the painting has an amateurish quality which I like but must purge.

I have a nice little wall of art as a result of my efforts. Hey, free paintings (not counting the cost of materials). For me. If you like any painting, make me an offer (email spinoza1111@yahoo.com): but I shall be reluctant to part with these works.

Aung San Suu Kyi #5: Reflections on Marina, Princess of Tyre

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 28, 2010 by spinoza1111

Edward G. Nilges, “State of ‘Aung San Suu Kyi: Reflections on Marina, Princess of Tyre’ Aug 27 2010”, acyrlic on canvas 15 x 15 cm

First color glazes. Tricolor theme appropriate to a political figure: black hair, light filled skin, deep blue dress: green, the figure, red.

Aung San Suu Kyi #4: reflections on Marina, Princess of Tyre

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on August 26, 2010 by spinoza1111


Edward G. Nilges “State of ‘Aung San Suu Kyi: Reflections on Marina, Princess of Tyre’ as of 26 August 2010”, acrylic on canvas, 15 x 15 cm

The grisaille is finished.

The nose is a little cockeyed, although studying pictures of her father, Aung San, he has the same angled nose: large for Asia.

It’s not a true likeness nor a professional portrait, but as Beethoven wrote on the score of his last quartet: muss ess sein ess muss sein. Somehow, there is something of the breath of life in there and “a spirit like a flame”.

The “art” does not matter. Unum necessarium.

[Jesus] . . . entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary . . . .

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:42 (no I’m not a Christian: no, I’m not a commodity)

27 Aug: a friend on the ferry recognized Aung San in my portrait before seeing the banner, so I’m hopefully on the right track.

Doing a portrait is very different from casually taking someone’s picture. It reveals a soul, a spark (of the divine), an anima if it’s any good at all, and there are few if any likenesses that do not do this.

The whole face works together. The fact that Aung San’s plunging straight Western nose divides her face means that we tend, like Picasso, to favor looking at one side or the other. The asymmetry is not just an artifact of my clumsy drawing and the way I preserve my mistakes for posterity by projecting the “cartoon” (line drawing) on the canvas, it also gives this portrait life.

On YouTube she projects a vulnerability that her enemies doubtless exploit through this asymmetry.

To see what I mean, contrast her photo with Margaret Thatcher or Hilary Clinton.