Triangle Prayer

a triangle prayer for you today:

“Triangle Prayer,” 5 x 7 inches, pen and ink, available here in my shop

Often the titles of my drawings can excite me as much as the drawings themselves. What can I say, I love words. Prayer. I’ve always loved that word, not because I’m religious (I’m not), but because there is so much hope in the word, and a lot of humanity—like we must pray because we are human and can’t possibly grasp even one tiny part of what’s going on. We pray because we are small.

I also just love the word itself—the letter “y” seems so English to me, and it makes the word sound old. I love old things. Turns out “prayer” comes from Middle English from Old French “preire,” and if you know a romance language (at least Italian), the word for prayer is very close to “prayer,” minus the “y.” So it’s interesting, that “y.” It makes it English.

And I just think about the history of that word, how many tongues it has passed, and hearts, and the little old women kneeling and whispering. This writing is unleashing a torrent of memories, like sitting on the cold marble in St. Peter’s in Rome listening to the nuns praying. There is a very specific moment I have in mind, that one when I had a very severe crush on the person sitting next to me, so there was this complicated mixture of things in my heart—the nuns praying, and my heart praying, and the feel of the cool marble, and the enormous high ceilings, and the longing. In that moment there was the mystery and completely arresting flood of everything.

Don’t you love those kinds of transporting memories? The moment will stay in me for the rest of my life, even if my companion that day turned out to be nothing.

And so, the title of this drawing is so much bigger than the drawing, that perhaps I will have to do more of them under this title. The title gets my brain wandering—what would a triangle prayer look like? And is it a prayer in the shape of a triangle, or is it a triangle that is praying and therefore the prayer of a triangle? Hmm. Deep questions. Oh, how words take me places. What a gift. Language.

7 Responses to “Triangle Prayer”

  1. 1 Dennis Latona March 22, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Greetings Nicole,
    I was at the festival at the Calif. Museum
    this weekend and saw your fantastic work.
    I especially love the buttons, and was wondering
    if you would share where you have them done?
    I am a photographer and would like to have some of
    my photos put on them.
    I would appreciate the information if you’ll share it, if not, I understand.
    Keep up the great work!
    Thank you,
    Dennis Latona
    Latona’s Spirit Photos
    Pinentz Gallery

  2. 2 Era March 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Nicole, you are such a treasure. Another great word, that.

  3. 3 kseverny March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    cool idea and i like the way you built this up

  4. 4 Mike McLaren March 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    It might depend upon what direction direction the prayer takes.

  5. 5 linda March 23, 2010 at 1:34 am

    It’s so true that religion aside, all of us pray in one way or another…something comforting about it…confiding, hoping…trusting in a greater good perhaps? I also agree that it’s the emotion and thought behind a piece that really gives it the heart and soul… :)

  6. 6 Geoff M. Pope March 23, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    What a wonderful ascending, breathing image. I’m imagining the seemingly empty base triangle speaking from the heart and then, behold, look what comes forth! This reminds me of “When I can find my heart in frame of liberty for prayer, everything else is comparatively easy” (Richard Newton, 1813-1887).

    I also really liked your musings, especially the questions — wwwayyy to constantly create and inspire us.

  7. 7 Kerri March 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I love the image of you in an Italian church listening to the nuns praying, and your heart so full of everything. Beautiful.

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