Sunday, May 31, 2009

The State of Desire

Welcome to the seventh chapter of the Book Passages Series. This visual interpretation is based on an excerpt from Tom Robbins, "Another Roadside Attraction". Before I get to the passage that I created my visual from I absolutely must praise the talent that was SO generous with their time and talent.

Like most artists, I create because I have to. It's who I am and how I move through this life. Also like most artists I rarely get any monetary reward from my creations. I rely on talent that understands the creative process and I often trade for prints, and portraits. The group of talent that surrounded me on this creative endeavor was simply amazing. From make-up to the final capture, these talented and generous individuals dedicated eight hours of their Saturday for this project. Words cannot express the gratitude I have for each and every person involved. Thanks to Ashley for her assistance on this project. Thanks Tracy, Nate, Niko and David for their visual and expressive talent. Thanks Daniel for your make-up artistry. Thanks to Mary for allowing total strangers to invade her private property for ten hours and thanks to my wife who has the patience to put up with an artist. She said she would never marry an artist yet she constantly provides me the space and time to create.

Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

"There are three mental states that interest me," said Amanda, turning the lizard doorknob. "These are: one, amnesia; two, euphoria; three, ecstasy."
She reached into the cabinet and removed a small green bottle of water-lily pollen. "Amnesia is not knowing who one is and wanting desperately to find out. Euphoria is not knowing who one is and not caring. Ecstasy is knowing exactly who one is - and still not caring."

As always I appreciate your comments. I always learn from others insight and viewpoint.


Frieda Babbley said...

I voted for the first one. The lighting, type of interaction, and the movement got me the most on that one. I almost couldn't decide between the first and second for those reasons. The shadow of the handle on the jack in the box on the tree and Amanda turning the handle on another to pop it up was very nice. But somehow the feeling I got from the first one just really got me. Great set. A LOT of work went into these, that's noticable.

Naomi said...

I like the fourth image because there seems to be a competition between the states of mind and she looks like she's not sure which way she'll go.

William Zuback said...

I started with #3 being my favorite because of the visual depth of Amanda so close to the camera. Now I don't know. Frieda, I like number one as well. It has some of that same depth as #3 because of the tree's and plants in the foreground. Then,like Naomi, I really like number four too because of the poses? Just not sure. What about the actual idea? Too ambiguous from the passage? As always thanks for sharing your opinions.