The Oak and the Cypress: If Love Is Like Wine: You Are My Predilection (Neruda)

You Are My Predilection (Neruda), 24 x 24, 2016

…And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

Excerpt from “On Marriage” by Kahlil Gibran

This body of work is about being married, or in a long-term relationship.

This title is a quote from a love sonnet by Pablo Neruda, which was read aloud at our wedding. The poem is silly and profound at the same time. The letter M stands for Mia, who is obviously my predilection, and sometimes my muse. Some of the graphics came from a wall poster in Siena that I photographed while we were there.

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