Inspired by Twain

I will be included in a 2023 exhibition at the Mark Twain House, in Hartford, Ct., The focus of the show will be work inspired by his quotes.

“Caustic” (photopolymer print collage)

“The calamity that comes is never the one that we had prepared ourselves for.”

Mark Twain

“Never quite sane in the night.”

“I realize that from the cradle up I have been like the rest of the race – never quite sane in the night.” Mark Twain

Remington (Capricious Machine)

Mark Twain claimed he was, “the first person in the world to apply the typewriter to literature”. This piece was based on his love/hate relationship with the typewriter, as is evident in the following quotes.

“The machine has several virtues I believe it will print faster than I can write. One may lean back in his chair & work it. It piles an awful stack of words on one page. It don’t muss things or scatter ink blots around. Of course it saves paper.”

 “After a year or two I found that it was degrading my character.”

 Twain later wrote — via dictation — in his autobiography. Instead of virtues, he found the machine to be “full of caprices, full of defects — devilish ones.”

Twain gave his machine to his writer pal William Dean Howells.

“My morals began to improve,” Twain said.

“Melancholy” was inspired by facing my seventh decade (not too enthusiastically I might add) and a variety of Twain’s quotes on age.

“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind it doesn’t matter.”

“I have achieved my seventy years in the usual way: by sticking strictly to a scheme of life which would kill anybody else … I will offer here, as a sound maxim, this: that we can’t reach old age by another man’s road.”
(Twain’s 70th birthday speech at Delmonico’s Restaurant in N.Y. city.)

“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.”

“The older I get the more clearly I remember things that never happened.”

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