CLAIRE DAIGLE, Director of MA programs at the San Francisco Art Institute, is a writer and art historian who lives in Oakland, CA. Her Ph.D. thesis, Reading Barthes/Writing Twombly, was completed in 2004.
After a long stretch of years, I found myself drawn to re-visit the Cy Twombly Gallery in Houston this past spring. It felt like a homecoming. I stood in the room containing the polyptych in five parts, Analysis of the Rose as Sentimental Despair (1985), for hours, observing the subtle shifts of light and shadow with tears streaming down my cheeks.