About the Book
"Octavio's Dream" is a collection of photographs inspired by the poetry of Octavio Paz and taken in the streets of San Miquel de Allende, Mexico.
The eye falls and draws itself into abstractions. Form, colour, line, pool and distill. The words of Octavio Paz echo that essence. Inspired by a collection of his poems, these self-proclaiming images gather in narrow alley ways. The sequence of dust and time and lives brushing against them has eaten into their skins of colour. They configure with the elements of nature and time. Patterns are etched by wind, water, heat, sun and frost. They are gouged by exposure. They crack and fade, toughen and crumble. They are evocative paradoxes. They are chosen fragments like the words of Octavio that spill from the soul and get lost in dim alley ways. They are series and comments, questions and answers to my experience of Mexico. They are found and felt and dialogue with a part of me that in their entirety are unfathomable in the moment. Wordless bridges patching the scars of Mexico. Some are eloquent others are frightening. Some are simple, some complex and mysterious.
Dianne Cacchioni lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Dianne is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a B.A. in Fine Arts as well as a graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Visual Arts majoring Photography. In the last twenty years her work has explored the world of photography, both historically and conceptually as well as alternative techniques, including painting with photographic emulsions and hand-making large sheets of paper. After studying with Zen brush master Ari Tomita, (student of Japan’s National Treasure Shiryu Morita,) for the last ten years she has been exhibiting and selling her brush paintings. Her Haiku series of the seasons and other books represent this collaboration of camera and brush.