At First The Words is a video collage inspired by Fol Chen’s song The Holograms. Click on the gif to view the movie in full, with audio. This piece is about the way that time can erode our confidence in childhood stories. Images are from a popular 1930s animated movie. The young heroine and the bitter queen are imagined to be two versions of the same person, whether separated by age or perspective.
Full disclosure: this work preceded Zoe’s challenge to make art to music. I tried to piece together a sound-and-picture assemblage in direct response, but all the parts were too heavy and the whole thing crashed to the ground. (That piece may yet be resurrected in the able hands of a DJ friend of mine … stay tuned.)
I was a passenger in a car driving along in Port Townsend, Washington, the narrow streets lined with tall evergreens and not much else. It was about 10pm and the local radio was being master-controlled by the regular Saturday-night-spirit-journeyman, Captain Peacock. He played Tipper – Dreamster, and what you see above was inspired by the many visuals that his music encouraged.
I want to switch this particular stimulus-response up this time: instead of responding to my image, try responding to a piece of particularly inspiring music. (Tipper is highly recommended.)
Range has an impressive aboriginal quality to it–a thoughtful, meditative reflection on the provision of the mountains. And, those six suggestive paddles hanging down there. What are those? They are streams draining the mountains of water; oars for navigating the rivers; earlobes stretched with age and wisdom; trophies gained in competition. Six is the number of creation, completeness* … and those mountains are, in the perspective of those who live there, complete in their provision of supply, and adventure.
The six forms in my collage can be many things–traditional oars, amphorae, or abstract figures–but whatever they are, they capture and contain the gifts of the hills.
*Six is the number of completion in the biblical sense, but not the whole: after six comes seven, the number of rest — sabbath.
“Visitation” had a spacey, alien vibe that led me to try silver sheet metal. At first glance (plus the title) I immediately saw the half-circle as a UFO. I thought the shape would look great as a pendant. I tried experimenting with hammering and sanding metals to give a grungy, granite look that connects it with the original image.
From my series, Earthprints, on vsco.co, which explores the way that natural patterns intrude into our concrete, gridded, urban landscapes. This image was taken a stone’s throw from Zoe’s old digs in Seattle.