Luminous Bodies: Circles of Mourning: Melinda Camber Porter Archive of Creative Works Volume 2, Number 3 by Melinda Camber PorterLuminous Bodies: Circles of Mourning: Melinda Camber Porter Archive of Creative Works Volume 2, Number 3 by Melinda Camber Porter

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

byMelinda Camber PorterIllustratorMelinda Camber PorterForeword byRobin Hamlyn

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.

In this volume, the Foreward, Robin Hamlyn states, “In order to produce art like Melinda Camber Porter’s Luminous Bodies you have to be like William Blake. You have to be like Melinda Camber Porter. You have to be absolutely fearless.” Robin Hamlyn (Senior Curator, Tate Britain Collections, 1780-1860 and world renowned William Blake expert). 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.

Melinda Camber Porter passed away of ovarian cancer in 2008 and left a significant body of work in art, journalism, and literature. With her background as a journalist for the Times of London, her questions explored the creative process used by many widely acclaimed cultural figures, filmmakers, and writers. The Melinda Camber Porter Archive wishes to share these conversations with the public to ensure the continuation and expansion of the ideas expressed in her creative works.

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 Mourning: Melinda Camber Porter Archive of Creative Works Volume 2…Format:HardcoverDimensions:150 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.56 inPublished:September 15, 2016Publisher:Blake PressLanguage:English

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LB CoM table of contents images index 2016Table of ContentsList of PlatesOpening Remarks by Dr. Allan DoigForeword by Robin HamlynIntroduction by Melinda Camber PorterLuminous Bodies: Circles of MourningFourth CircleFifth CircleSixth CircleThe Melinda Camber Porter ArchiveAboutArtLiteratureFilmJournalismPraiseMore InformationIndexList of PlatesFourth CircleNo. 46 - Never Doubt That We ConceivedNo. 47 - Birth to a New SoulNo. 48 - I Lifted Her out of the FireNo. 49 - I Imagined You, Long Before I Met YouNo. 50 - My Life in Two WorldsNo. 51 - Soft Light Entwined in UsNo. 52 - New Life into My HandsNo. 53 - Give Me JoyNo. 54 - La SemenceNo. 55 - Resurrect Me to Love AgainNo. 56 - We Placed Fire in the Place of DeathFifth CircleNo. 57 - Softly, Visions Arise from Your FleshNo. 58 - But You Always Returned Claiming Me CompletelyNo. 59 - What I Needed You Most, You Came to MeNo. 60 - Your Spirit Came to Me, the Outline of Your BodyNo. 61 - I Was Crying Late into the Night for YouNo. 62 - Immortal Red Suffused Your SkinNo. 63 - Tonight I AskNo. 64 - My Jealous Melted As We EmbracedNo. 65 - Your Flesh, the NightNo. 66 - Your Flesh, My SoulNo. 67 - Your Soul, My BodyNo. 68 - Your Mind, My SexNo. 69 - Your Love for Her in My FleshNo. 70 - Your Hand Is DesireNo. 71 - We Made the Soul Become Alive from TouchNo. 72 - Your Ecstasy, My DesireNo. 73 - Ode to EcstasyNo. 74 - You Were the Light That Showered MeSixth CircleNo. 75 - A Wave of Sadness Stronger than DeathNo. 76 - Hurtling LonelinessNo. 77 - The Possession of the Loved OneNo. 78 - Black Moon Reflecting My BloodNo. 79 - I Remember Your HandsNo. 80 - Fertility of Buried SoulNo. 81 - Black Moon INo. 82 - Black Moon IINo. 83 - For L.No. 84 - You Placed Your Sperm in My Heart. For L.No. 85 - You Planted Infinity Within MeNo. 86 - Break Down My Passion for YouNo. 87 - Revolving Love and Hatred Remake the Stream of Life, but Love, So Circular,Returning Always at the Center of My Heart, Frees and Then Bends Me to YouNo. 88 - Never Subject to My DoubtsNo. 89 - Visitation of LoversNo. 90 - ObituaryIndex - Circles of Mourning Pages on which illustrations appear are in italicsAdam and Eve, xxiBaudelaire, xxvBirmingham Museum and Art Gallery, xxviiiBlake, Catherine, xxviiCamber Porter, Melinda bio and list of works, 101-102, 105-112 introduction by, xxv-xxviiiCezanne, Paul, xxviiChristian Church, xviiDante, xxviiiDivine Comedy, The (Dante), xxviiiDoig, Dr. Allan, xvDurer, Albrecht, xxviiFor L (Camber Porter), xviii, xxi, 82Franscesca, Pierra della, xxviiHamlyn, Robin, foreward by, xv-xxiiiHurtling Loneliness (Camber Porter), xx, 69imagination, power of, xviii, xix-xx, xxviJerusalem (Blake), xv, xxL'Indie Fantome (Camber Porter), xxviiiLa Semence ( Camber Porter), xxvi, 21Laffont, Robert, xxvLannon, Dr. Francis, introduction by, xvMarriage of Heaven and Hell, The (Blake), xviiNewton and rationalism, xviipassion, as theme of Luminous Bodies series, xviiiRaphael, xviirationalism, Blake's opposition to, xviiResurrection (Camber Porter), xxRevolving Love and Hatred Remakes the Stream of Life (Camber Porter), xx, 91sex, Blake's view of, xviiSongs of Innocence and of Experience (Blake), xxvsoul and body, as unity, xixspiritual and material world, relationship between, xviTate Gallery, The, xviThe Fertility of Buried Souls (Camber Porter), xxiTitian, xviiTurner, xviiUrizen (Blake), xxiVirgil, xxviiiwatercolor, as medium, xvi, xviiiWhirlwind of Lovers (Blake), xxviiiYou Find Infinity (Camber Porter), xviii, xxYour Ecstasy, My Desire (Camber Porter), xxi, 59

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"I believe that all great art is, in its essence, defined by fearlessness. Both Melinda Camber Porter's and William Blake's works exemplify and illuminate the fearlessness that is part of the very essence of all great art." Robin Hamlyn, Senior Curator of Blake and Turner Collections at Tate Britain"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.