haunts of the romani master

An ongoing folio of paintings, with accompanying scriptural fragments, concerning some haunts of the romani master. The works are oil on gesso on Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper, each 28 cm x 19 cm approx., commenced in mid 2021. (Here is a clavis, or key, to the realm of cerebria.)

“To be a philosopher is to take to the road, never settling down in some place of satisfaction with a theory of the world, not even a place of reformation, nor of some illusory transformation of the conditions of this world.” – Henry Corbin, The Theme of the Voyage and the Messenger.

“Nor do I know that I know him not.” – Kena Upanishad (as quoted by the romani master).

1We sailors, under instruction from the diviners, have sought the romani master. 2Though most have never seen him, we hear tales from those who have, of his electrifying jouissance. 3With tinkling bells in his earrings and his shimmering gold bangles, he is for them an unforgettable experience. 4Some speak of how, with dark and vibrant eyes, he looked deeply into them. 5They felt seen like never before, recognised to their core. 6Peripatetic, known to speak aphorisms, he leaves signs and vestiges of his analyses in the places he inhabits, from time to time, in our realm. 7We speak of some of these haunts.

1. walked the paved ways

ways of the romani master no. 1

1The romani master walked the paved ways of the port of cerebria. 2Volcanic cones smouldered.

2. marks of deliberations

ways of the romani master no. 2

1We sailors were exploring an abandoned place of worship at our port. 2We knew the romani master had passed by, for we saw he had painted marks of his deliberations on the walls.

3. contemplation

haunts of the romani master no. 3

1We encountered a simple abode in which the romani master had undertaken a long period of contemplation. 2We became mute for a considerable period.

4. athanor

haunts of the romani master no. 4

1Across the bay rises the rambles of a castle, from an earlier period of our realm. 2Here the romani master was known, from time to time, to conduct experiments with the use of alembics and strong solutions. 3We surmised that the castle had become an athanor, like those the old sages employed.

5. icon to the red hills

haunts of the romani master no. 5

1The romani master bid us build an icon to the red hills. 2It became a lookout. 3From this icon, we could espy the mysterious outpourings of these precious hills, and give gratitude for the mysteries of our realm.

6. respite from a harsh sun

haunts of the romani master no. 6

1Legend has it that in a simple abode the romani master took respite from a harsh sun. 2In the tenebrous interior of this abode he was able to further his deliberations. 3His discoveries became part of the teachings of the diviners.

7. sigil

haunts of the romani master no. 7

1In the lowlands south of agalia, we chanced upon a haunt marked with the sigil of the romani master. 2Inside, writings on the walls exhorted us to seek “only the eternally further-beyond”.

8. axis

haunts of the romani master no. 8

1The romani master spoke of an axis orthogonal to the four points of the compass. 2He had a compound built that demonstrated this axis. 3It was a place for its contemplation. 4The master had an outside wall marked with the sigils of the diviners and the sailors, indicating that the vertical axis was a fitting topic for their study.

9. emanation

haunts of the romani master no. 9

1Near the shores of a pristine cerebrian lake, the romani master gave a discourse to gathered sailors and diviners. 2When it had ended, one by one the sailors left, returning to the tasks of the day, aware that important words had been voiced. 3The diviners withdrew also, but lingered longer on a nearby hillock, in expectation of a sign from fecund nature. 4Presently, they observed a powerful emanation from the lake.

10. expounded on volcanoes

haunts of the romani master no. 10

1On the way to agalia, the romani master contemplated in a tent like a cucurbit. 2One day, to a group of sailors, he expounded teachings on the volcanoes of cerebria. 3One such volcano he depicted on a placard. 4Sailors learned that, as much as they needed the volcanoes, the volcanoes needed them.

11. revered the voids

haunts of the romani master no. 11

1The romani master revered the three visiting voids. 2He had a placard erected on a vast cerebrian plain, to remind passing sailors of the voids. 3The placard depicted the sigil of the voids.

12. approached a red-roofed abidance

haunts of the romani master no. 12

1On his way to the upper lands of cerebria, the romani master chanced upon an abidance with a blood-red roof. 2In this abidance he deliberated for some time, on his plans to visit agalia and beyond.

13. made an icon of bloods

haunts of the romani master no. 13

1The romani master, working in the red-roofed abidance, made an icon of several bloods. 2This icon depicted, and he dedicated it to, a saint of his realm.
Inspirations for paintings
No. 2 – Photograph by Max Hutzel, Umbria–Perugia–Spello–S. Maria della Rotonda, Image 20.
No. 4 – Drawing by Louis Ducros, Vue du Château della Brucca prise de terre, 1778.
No. 6 – Photograph by Paul Strand, Village, Mexico.
No. 7 – Photograph by Paul Strand, Ranchos de Taos Church, New Mexico.