Obsession

I learned only today that the word obsession comes from the latin obsidere – to besiege.
from ob (before) and sedeo (I sit)
Working on a big drawing like this, for months on end, I am not sure which of us is under siege – who sits before whom?

Perhaps the poet Li Bai understood:
‘We sit together, the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains.’
Li Bai
“In your absence”  
Charcoal and Watercolour on Saunders Waterford 600gsm paper
┬ęSarah Gillespie 2014

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