Monday, August 22, 2011

Lights of Amethyst (Owls)

"Lights of Amethyst (Owls)", $35 on Etsy.
A pair of spotted owls (Strix occidentalis) perch on a branch. The word "amethyst" floats in front of them, and the chemical formula for amethyst (a form of quartz) overlays the whole painting. Hidden behind the birds is a cryptic tweet by Twitter user OskarPui. He follows only one woman and that one woman only follows him. They tweet back and forth in public, but the tweets don't make much sense to outsiders. This particular tweet listed four different names with four different gemstones. I highlighted just the word "amethyst" and obscured most of the rest. The title "Lights of Amethyst" is derived from the poem "The twilight turns from amethyst" by James Joyce.

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