“…Two days before her BULLETT photo shoot, on a national holiday in Spain, Marina Abramovi? writes an email from her suite at the Tryp Madrid Ambassador Hotel requesting the following items: “1 oversize white men’s button-up shirt, 1 simple large glass of water, 1 white candle, and 1 very sexy man in a tuxedo (whom I can potentially carry around).” These are, of course, perfectly reasonable requests, but there are more. Abramovic would also like “2 ravens and 1 eagle and 1 baby tiger.”
After the shoot, where, by some small miracle, she was greeted with a menagerie of zoo animals and a body-hairless model named Alejandro, she calls during a break from rehearsing for her latest performance, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi?, a biographical quasi-opera that premiered last year as part of the 2011 Manchester International Festival. (The Madrid version ran from April 11 to 22.) “The raven is a symbol of bad news and death, the small tiger is an image of strength, and the eagle is an image of power,” she says. “Each of these elements represents the Fall of Man, but everything that is negative has a positive side. Everything that is black is also white. I am so many things at the same time.”…”
“An Artist Should Stay For Long Periods Of Time At Waterfalls”
If you don’t know her, Marina Abramovic is a Serbian (and Sagittarius) artist, performer and film-maker. She is no sudden upstart celebrity in the art world. She’s 65, so a few years past her second Saturn Return. She’s individuated and adroit at maintaining relevancy in a scene that can be particularly brutal on aging people, particularly women. She has Sun and Mars in Sagittarius opposite Uranus in Gemini. Her Moon is in Aquarius. She’s Cancer Rising so that Moon rules. Aside from the Sagittarius woman personality accelerated by Mars, she is also a good example of natal Mercury Retrograde genius.
This extract from her book Walk Through Walls sounds ultra-Sagittarius:
An artist must make time for the long periods of solitude Solitude is extremely important Away from home, Away from the studio, Away from family, Away from friends An artist should stay for long periods of time at waterfalls An artist should stay for long periods of time at exploding volcanoes An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at fast-running rivers An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the horizon where the ocean and sky meet An artist should stay for long periods of time looking at the stars in the night sky
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