Helena van Essen
Studio for Visual Art
PO Box 15185
NL- 1001 MD Amsterdam

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Emily Dickinson

Installation in two parts (2008) about the silent white world of the American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). Emily wrote
in her self-chosen isolation nearly 1800 poems.

Location of the installation:
hall and cellar of Manor Kernhem (1803) in Ede.

The video registration lasts three minutes.

The soul unto itself
Is an imperial friend –
Or the most agonizing Spy –
An Enemy – could send –

Emily Dickinson

The installation in the hall

In an attempt to camouflage her bad body odour, due to a chronical kidney disease, Emily Dickinson surrounded herself with flowers with an intense fragrance. Often her garden is subject of her poetry.

Affixed to a mirror, Emily’s portrait is lying on the bottom of the pond. While looking at it, your face fuses with hers.