Sunday, March 02, 2008

Sneak Preview! Soft place in the Dreaming (nod to Neil Gaiman)

This triptych (three-piece painting) is another creative collaboration between my mother's practice calligraphy papers and my art.

I stated in my Indieview with The Indie Path that I would be doing more mixed media this year, and this is the first piece, finger painted with acrylics (liquid gooey fun) and inspired both by my friend and photographer Brian Carr's recent trip to Dubai, and a flash of this image in my head.

Part of what gave me this vision was listening to Mark Romanek's commentaries on the DVD compilation of his best music videos. He discusses his influences--Mary Poppins and Stanley Kubrick--and adds that when he say 2001: A Space Odyssey by Kubrick back when he was nine years old, that's what did it. He knew he wanted to be a film director.

Have you ever had an epiphany--a sudden realization or deep understanding--of yourself when confronted by art (music, film, sculpture, literature, etc.)?

I do remember reading Saga of the Swamp Thing during Alan Moore's run and thinking, I'd love to be a comic book writer. And then I was introduced (by one of the best teachers I've ever had--and this was in high school) to Joseph Campbell and his work on comparative mythology and I thought, I'd love to be a mythologist and teacher. Combine the three and you have a storyteller. Distill into its purest essence, and you have a purveyor of symbols (the working title of this painting).

Funny how things come around. There's a saying I've heard in my head lately: Those who follow their destiny, the Fates will lead; those who resist their destiny, the Fates will drag.

Invite Beauty,

I.
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