Art – Van Eyck


Detail from “Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife,” by the Master of Northern Renaissance Jan Van Eyck (Bruges, d.1441), painted in 1434.

Van Eyck, known for his illustrated manuscripts, portraits and of course the Ghent Altarpiece (dated 1432), brought life into the scenery and the people he painted like no one before him. He helped define a new trend in art where painting became the medium of grandeur or “the art of arts” as it became known, rather than tapestry or architecture.

He defied the Church (then divided between Rome and Avignon) in many ways, especially for portraying religious figures with human feelings. Yet, he was adored by the nobility (especially the Duke of Burgundy) and the common man who in the aftermath of the great plague, saw renewal and hope in his art, most particularly for his use of light.

Painting on display at the National Gallery, London.

We are but specks of dust

We are but specks of dust catching the light and moving with the breeze.

We came from distant places to this earth that is blue, so that we may become ocean.

We are here to shine, and embrace sorrows and joys.

We are here to be kind, and speak words of comfort.

We came a long time ago,and since then, some have forgotten that it is to love that we are here.


Fude – 筆

A door squeaks
the time of a breath
blinding light
– my feet are in the mud.
My white dress is stained
with soil and water
and my fingers with black ink.
Memories in my head
leave through my feet
and swim in the pond
porting multi-coloured veils.
They reach the shore
and become flowers.
I see particles of light
cytoplasm dancing in the air
settling softly
on little blades of grass
in this vast field of flowers
that I created.
A door squeaks
the time of a breath
blinding light
– I hold a fude*.


*Fude (筆 – Japanese) is a brush used for calligraphy.