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Corpses in the Upper Room

Dreamed January 30, 1995, oil on panel, 24 x 20, by Jenny Badger Sultan


in a house, a second-story room, bodies are laid out in a dirt bed where spores are cast. Potatoes will grow--we are waiting for them to germinate and sprout. I ask someone if the plants will feed on the bodies. The person says no. I say, "Oh, then the bodies will just serve as some kind of support for the vines."

Painting titled 'Corpses in the Upper Room', by Jenny Badger Sultan. Click to enlarge

This painting seems related to Place of Sprouting Corn, which also juxtaposes death and growth. I think it also reflects recent experience: I had just had the opportunity to draw cadavers at the anatomy lab at UCSF. It had been a very deep and moving experience.

LISTS AND LINKS: the dead - plants - fruits and vegs - farming - dream-paintings - more Jenny Badger Sultan - same dreamer, related image: Place of Sprouting Corn - Elizabeth Bishop dreams she's the sprouting corpse in The Weed

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