Well hello everyone! I’m very happy to be back. I hope you’ve all had a lovely summer and are anticipating a glorious fall.
I’ve been happily stockpiling posts – of urban outfits, movies and literature from Professor C., rehearsal dinner dresses, earrings by Vicente Agor, a trip to Convict Lake, and all kinds of folderol. But as it happens, my return today coincides with an installment of the blogging endeavor known as BIO. Led by Marsha Harris of Splenderosa, each month the BIO style bloggers all publish on one topic. You’ll find them linked here.
Today we’re writing about Patina. We probably all know the technical meaning. But it’s also a model for how matter changes at the margin, in reaction to surrounding chemistry. So patina could serve as a metaphor for many phenomena – or just as a diversion, as the US returns to work after Labor Day. Nothing wrong with simple fun.
One might imagine a spectrum of similar surface reactions, just for the heck of it, and to see what makes patina, itself. For example,
Brought by light, broken by edges or just time. For the just created and the soon to disappear. Ephemeral, elusive, with a Let’s Have All The Colors enthusiasm common to the young.
Darkening over time. If it would just halt when asked, leaving the original surface still visible in relief. Unfortunately, tarnish progresses inexorably. Pull out the polish from the kitchen sink and get going. No guests without shine.
Palimpsest. (Edited to correct spelling as per, um, my son)
The most brutal instance. Here the original surface is scraped and written over into almost-invisibility. The result can be beautiful, but the first layer has no control over outcome. One should be able to surrender to change without disappearing.
Pitted, greened, irregular. Chemically, isn’t this the most participatory, the most lasting, the most adaptive of responses? And as for metaphor? I’ll leave that to you all, oh exceptionally intelligent readers. Along with one of the most beautiful Google image searches I’ve ever happened upon.
See you again on Thursday, and Saturday, and so on as before.