This summer, I read about antebellum American culture (spiritualism, mesmerism, arctic exploration, hot air balloons, cryptography, confidence men and painted ladies) in preparation for two interwoven art projects. One is inspired by the fiction of Edgar Allan Poe and the other is “Poesque” but loosely so; both involve insects (think: the Gold Bug). In October, I hope to have some images to go with all the notes I’ve taken, but here’s a quick glance at one of my notebooks, followed by a favorite quote:
“….is an avatar to those who have the faith to wait…..The Poe world will sometime be no figure of speech, but will enjoy a day and night of its own….”
St. James Cummings, South Carolina Military Academy, 1909, quoted in The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe, by Scott Peeples, p. 20-21.
Makes me see the Citadel in a whole new light.