"The effect of color has real power....So much power that, in certain lights, it seems to become a substance. Once when I found myself in the chapel, I saw on the ground a red of such materiality that I had the feeling that the color was not the effect of light falling through the window, but that it belonged to some substance. This impression was reinforced by a particular circumstance: on the floor in front of me there was some sand in a little pile that the red was resting on. That gave me the effect of red powder so magnificent that I have never seen the like in my life." Matisse
deciding what and where colour is
Red Thought within a Gladiolus Blossom by James Owens
--after a photograph by erin wilson
The image is a garden inside the garden.
Eros as shimmer
as blood unfurls
through the wall of this wound
that opens the air like a sex.
The strokes of her looking
the petals to further opening and opening
membrane contour texture.
Different wet reds shine.
All this from dirt and sun and water
dust the flower has healed
anthers laden dark
nudge of a cell upward
any touch would soft to bursting
and scatter sperm
inside the four chambers of the stone.