Vivienne Koorland

Dark Poem Painting (What I Call You When I Think About You and You Are Not There), 2005

Vivienne Koorland (South African, born 1957), Dark Poem Painting (What I Call You When I Think About You and You Are Not There), 2005, oil on stitched canvas, 48 x 44 in. Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School, 2006.10.

“[B]oth my painting and the poem reference my favorite subjects: dream, whimsy, language, narrative, absence/presence, trace, memory, imprint. The present moment, but it is infused with the trajectory of time. And of course, longing and the violence of loss.”—Vivienne Koorland