Luminous Bodies: Circles of Celebrarion: Melinda Camber Porter Archive of Creative Works Volume 2, Number 2 by Melinda Camber PorterLuminous Bodies: Circles of Celebrarion: Melinda Camber Porter Archive of Creative Works Volume 2, Number 2 by Melinda Camber Porter

Luminous Bodies: Circles of Celebrarion: Melinda Camber Porter Archive of Creative Works Volume 2…

byMelinda Camber PorterIllustratorMelinda Camber PorterForeword byPeter Trippi

Hardcover | September 15, 2016

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Luminous Bodies is a work of celebration and mourning in two volumes of 45 watercolors in each volume. These images explore the spiritual and cultural forces that continuously vie to originate and then heal the rift between the body and the soul.

Peter Trippi, editor of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine states, “In an art market crowded with hollow protestations of “self-identity,” Melinda Camber Porter’s works offer us a new cosmology and an authentic vision of our age.” 

Inspired by many religious traditions of celebrations and mourning, from The Tibetan Book of the Dead to Native American mourning rituals, the series of drawings is, in actuality, a spiritual journey begun by Melinda Camber Porter a few days after the death of a loved one. The journey is narrated in drawings and in epigrammatic prose poetry inscribed within each watercolor. There is a strong "documentary" aspect to the work, which attempts to record faithfully the actual process of loss and resurrection of the lover in celebration and mourning.

But whereas in much Judeo-Christian philosophy the body is seen as the weak vehicle, the Achilles heel that catapults man into sin, Luminous Bodies proposes a world view that gives back to the body its sacrosanct nature. Human ecstasy, when body and soul unite, is the experience which is perpetually recollected and meditated upon and that serves as the pivotal visual perspective. From this vantage point a philosophical viewpoint of existence is etched, both visually [the watercolors] and in poetry [the text inscriptions].

The first volume is Luminous Bodies: Circles of Celebration. The second volume is Luminous Bodies: Circles of Mourning.

Melinda Camber Porter (1953 - 2008) was born in London and graduated from Oxford University with a First Class Honors degree in Modern Languages. She began her writing career in Paris as a cultural correspondent for The Times of London. French culture is the subject of her book Through Parisian Eyes (published by Oxford University Pr...
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Title:Luminous Bodies: Circles of Celebrarion: Melinda Camber Porter Archive of Creative Works Volume 2…Format:HardcoverDimensions:148 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.56 inPublished:September 15, 2016Publisher:Blake PressLanguage:English

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Table of ContentsLuminous Bodies: Circles of Celebration Volume 2, Number 2: Melinda Camber Porter Series of Creative WorksPublisher's NoteTable of ContentsList of PlatesOpening Remarks by Dr. Frances LannonForeword by Peter TrippiIntroduction by Melinda Camber PorterLuminous Bodies: Circles of CelebrationFirst CircleSecond CircleThird CircleThe Melinda Camber Porter ArchiveAbout ArtLiteratureFilmJournalismPraiseMore InformationIndexList of Watercolors - Luminous Bodies: Circles of CelebrationFirst CircleNo. 01 - You Resurrected HopeNo. 02 - We Broke All MasksNo. 03 - Returned to Pure DreamNo. 04 - Pont du CarrouselNo. 05 - VertigoNo. 06 - I Can Touch Us Now As If You Are AliveNo. 07 - The World Is Warm AgainNo. 08 - Vénus, Le Feu de L'amourNo. 09 - I'm Unable to Move Out of GriefNo. 10 - The Fresh Broke OpenNo. 11 - Remembrance of the ResurrectionNo. 12 - Then Nature and the Earth Became KinderNo. 13 - Myselves in YouNo. 14 - My Breath Became the Breath of the SpiritNo. 15 - The Dance of Love and Death Entwined. Then I Was Broke Lose From Death's Cold Feel, and Winged in Radiant LightNo. 16 - Then He Left Me and the Night Was CalmNo. 17 - Give Me the Strength to Go on This Journey Second CircleNo. 18 - This Story of Two WorldsNo. 19 - You Will Leave Me in the Salt of My TearsNo. 20 - All the Ecstasy I Never Felt Before, I Felt in YouNo. 21 - I Will Not Be AfraidNo. 22 - You Find InfinityNo. 23 - I Saw My Face in YoursNo. 24 - Drown Me in YouNo. 25 - Rue de PonthieuNo. 26 - L'Inde FantomeNo. 27 - Staking Out TerritoryNo. 28 - Your Breath on MeNo. 29 - BetrayalNo. 30 - Through BitternessNo. 31 - I Hold You with All My Strength Outside of LossNo. 32 - Lovers Arising as the Crescent MoonNo. 33 - Bathed in Your ImageNo. 34 - ResolutionThird CircleNo. 35 - Merging Within Your DeathNo. 36 - Listen to the DeadNo. 37 - Wave upon Wave of My TearsNo. 38 - Le Pont de tes Cuisses. Mère, Amant, Rêve, Mon RêveNo. 39 - All of My Stray Selves United To Be with YouNo. 40 - On the Boundaries of FleshNo. 41 - La Vierge et L'AmantNo. 42 - Infinity of ExistenceNo. 43 - As I Paint I Retrieve YouNo. 44 - Prayer to MyselfNo. 45 - Poem. "Spirit Arising from Imagination"Index - Luminous Bodies Circles of CelebrationArt of Love series (Camber Porter), xixBadlands series (Camber Porter), xxBaudelaire, xxiiiCamber Porter, Melinda bio and list of creative works, , 99-100, 103-110 introduction by, xxiiBirmingham Museum and Art Gallery, xxviBlake, Catherine, xxvBonnard, Pierre, xxiBritish Museum, The, xxvi Burne-Jones, Edward, xix, xxCezanne, Paul, xxvChagall, Marc, xviiDali, Salvadore, xxivDante, xxviDantis Amor (Rossetti), xxDivine Comedy, The (Dante), xxviDurer, Albrecht, xxvFranscesca, Pierra della, xxvGauguin, Paul, xx-xxiHamlyn, Robin, xviiiimage, as illumination for words, xviiiimagination, power of, xxivJourney to Benares (Camber Porter), xxKing Arthur (Irving, Sir Henry), xxKing Cophetua and the Beggar Maid (Burne-Jones), xxL'Inde Fantome (Camber Porter), xxviLa Semence, xxivLaffont, Robert, xxiiiLannon, Dr. Francis, introduction by, xiii-vivMichelangelo, xviii, xixMorris & Co., xxoil, as medium, xviiOxford University, xxPhyllis and Demophoon (Burne-Jones), xxPre-Raphaelites, xixrationalism, xixRedon, Odilon, xxivRossetti, Dante Gabriel, xixSongs of Innocence (Blake), xxiiiSongs of Innocence and of Experience (Blake), xixsoul and body, relationship of, xixSwados, Elizabeth, xxTrippi, Peter, foreward by, xvii-xxiTriptych series (Camber Porter), xxWhirlwind of Lovers (Blake), xxviWickiser, Walter, xviii

Editorial Reviews

"The cosmology of Christendom once defined every Westerner: for better or for worse, people understood where they stood in the universe, and where they were headed. Perhaps the exemplar of this moment most pertinent to Camber Porter is Michelangelo, whose conflation of the spiritual and the material, the chaste and the sensual, horrified and aroused his contemporaries even as it communicated the artist's highly personal understanding of God, man, and their interrelationship." Peter Trippi, Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.