Abstract the Human Form into Metaphor
Joan Miró: Selected Writings and Interviews (1992) edited by Margit Rowell is a collection of essays, interviews, and poetic writings by one of the most imaginative artists of the 20th Century with poetry that develops the literary themes and personal mythology of his artwork. Joan Miró followed the Surrealist movement from his days in Montroig creating an intuitive approach to the Surrealist object with conceptual sketches, pencil drawings, oil and mixed media paintings, and tableaux-poèmes. He was influenced by ancient history in his drawing of small metaphorical creatures, abstract animals, fanciful astronomical constellations, with appreciation for eroticism, and love for the human form. Joan Miró made numerous pencil drawings and oil paintings which express a Surrealist sense of humor in the abstraction of the human figure, and the childlike forms of a simplistic perspective. Joan Miró: Selected Writings and Interviews shows that Joan Miró followed the literary trend of Pablo Picasso, Jean Arp, and other artists who were inspired by The Diary of Anaïs Nin (1931-66), which was an outstanding example of creativity in the middle decades of 20th Century literature. Joan Miró developed poetic writing in his diaries which are expressed as literary titles and concrete images which enhance his drawings, sculpture, and paintings with the thoughtful intertextuality that makes his Surrealist works interesting to the 21st Century reader.
David Detrich lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he has just completed The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares. This year he is working on Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography, a monumental Surrealist novel written with innovative typographical design. His first novel Big Sur Marvels & Wondrous Delights (2001) is available from Amazon. He is the editor of Innovative Fiction Magazine and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations.