It was in the growing malaise that came in the wake of the infotech revolution that the Evil Twins began trading thoughts and weaving tapestries of ideas, poems, and pictures based on a radically different view of reality, one that held the present world accountable to the wisdom of ancient traditions.
Wanda lived on the western side of the river, where the fields and forests were still new (after having been razed for shipbuilding in the 19th century). She would send poems to Susan, who lived on the eastern side of the river where there still grew ancient trees and mushrooms and where small herds of deer could often be seen loping through her backyard. Susan would read the poems and echo back pictures. Before long they began making little books, the kind a reflective reader might delight in just before dropping off.
We hope you’ll be one of those readers.
Every best wish,
The Evil Twins
(Susan Malmstrom and Wanda Waterman)
Susan Malmstrom‘s aesthetic alchemy harks back to the earliest, vintage methods of photography and involves repurposing images and found art into transcendent tableaus, visions, fantasies, and allegorical imagery in a journey into her own and the collective unconscious. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from the University of California at Irvine. She’s now Chief Curator of The Repository of Wonders, a traveling exhibition version of an Edwardian-era cabinet of curiousities that comes replete with a 200-year history and a catalogue describing each amazing object. She now lives in Pasadena, California.
Wanda Waterman weaves magic from words and music. Unable to keep the two separate, she writes continuously about music, incorporates musical rhythms into her writing, and works with musicians in spoken word performances. Her poems and articles have been published in literary journals and magazines across North America as well as in her blog The Mindful Bard. She attended the University of King’s College, studying words and music and learning how to better use both to take potshots at the non-Faerie world. She now lives in Montreal, Quebec.