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The house of illnesses is a body we can enter and leave, though not necessarily at will It is our body but it feels like a house,exactly a hospital, where we involuntarily reside for a spell It is also the world, or at least the land surrounding the house to the limits of our seeing, where the hearts of our eyes are shot out We can walk in and through this house, and birds real birds with lives of their own sing in it and build nests but there are also trappers and shooters which The house of illnesses is a body we can enter and leave, though not necessarily at will It is our body but it feels like a house,exactly a hospital, where we involuntarily reside for a spell It is also the world, or at least the land surrounding the house to the limits of our seeing, where the hearts of our eyes are shot out We can walk in and through this house, and birds real birds with lives of their own sing in it and build nests but there are also trappers and shooters which we must be wary of In this house we can walk into the room of our eyes, gaze into the chambers of our hands, and rest in the cabinet of our solar plexus the quiet heart of the house and the world The house of illnesses is a fraught and fragile place teeming with menace but also wonders I would say that it is a fairy tale gone awry, but all real fairy tales go awry at some point, even when they end flooded by happy sunlight The house of illnesses is a place that is ever shifting its position as the seismic needle of our consciousness skitters across the pages of our awareness It is a place where the stories we tell ourselves become the lives we live as we wander just beyond all that is actually happening to us The house of illnesses is a crevice, or crease, or folded spot, in the shifting terrain of our consciousness which endlessly opens and unfolds as we look into it, as we walk into it, until it envelopes us and becomes the window we look into and out of onto the shifting terrain of our world Place becomes placeless here, and time timeless, so we make notes and note the days so we have some idea where and when we are I have and have read the earlier Atlas Press edition, but this new one with the full reproductions of her drawings and the translated text within is really excellent A small andlighthearted book than her later works, though it prefigures many of them. I ve been enjoying this, and thinking all morning about how Z rn has been one of my favorite artists for years Then I see this at lunch Later Z rn s drawings really pull me into her world These are maybe a bitchild like and informal than for example the ones in the Drawing Center catalog I love the tension between representational and abstract elements, the evolving, almost fractal like patterns, the unstable and constantly moving forms There s a fair amount of German text embed I ve been enjoying this, and thinking all morning about how Z rn has been one of my favorite artists for years Then I see this at lunch Later Z rn s drawings really pull me into her world These are maybe a bitchild like and informal than for example the ones in the Drawing Center catalog I love the tension between representational and abstract elements, the evolving, almost fractal like patterns, the unstable and constantly moving forms There s a fair amount of German text embedded in most of the drawings I really like how they solved the tricky problem of the presentation what I believe is the original in color is shown, with all the color gradations and Z rn s handwriting then on the facing page, the grayed out drawing, with the translated English text embedded roughly where the original swirled Thanks to S e a n for the tip for ordering this directly from Atlas This is what happens when you give a surrealist jaundice and mental illness. Very specific systems that fall apart by gazes. I wish I was born when she Unica Zurn was so I could ve met her This book speaks to me on levels I can t even articulate. |DOWNLOAD EPUB ♫ The House of Illnesses ♠ A remarkable illustrated text produced during one of the author s stays in a mental institutionAfter a childhood which she describes as wonderful, ayear marriage and the birth of her two children, a carreer at the Ufa film studios in her home town Berlin when she also began to write and paint, Unica Z rn s life changed abruptly following a series of chance meetings with the painter Hans Bellmer inShe left at once for Paris with Bellmer, who had already established himself in Surrealist circles there He encouraged her to make automatic drawings and to write the anagram poems which later brought her much acclaim Although the two lived together in growing isolation from their outside surroundings, Bellmer introduced Z rn to many of his contemporaries Brauner, Arp, Man Ray, Ernst, Waldberg, and above all Henri Michaux This meeting precipitated the mental illness that was to hound the last thirteen years of her life, Z rn believed him to be the incarnation of a childhood fantasy figure, which she described lated in The Man of Jasmine A few days later she experiences the first miracle in her life in a room in Paris she finds herself standing before the Man of Jasmine The shock of this encounter is so great that she is unable to overcome it From this day on she begins, very very slowly, to lose her reason The House of Illnesses was written shortly after this meeting, during a bout of fever induced by jaundice It was originally included in the book The Man of Jasmine but without the illustrations which accompany it here With its sometimes wistful, sometimes humourous and ultimately hopeful mood, this text contrasts strongly with many of the other texts in that book, which bear harrowing testimony to her mental crises and her dizzying descent into her own self and a world of hallucinated images