New Series Introduction: Series Name TBD
Fresh off vacation, I went back to my 9-5 day job on Monday feeling refreshed and ready. I was a little sad that I didn't wake up in one of the places we stayed in New England, with the anticipation of seeing the ocean and smelling fresh air, but I was ready to get back into the grind. I was ready to get back to the studio, to start making...something.
During the last few days of our trip, I told Keith that I had a new idea brewing for a new series. At first I thought it may just be a personal project, but as I thought and talked more about it, the more I thought, "let it be." Some things may remain personal, some may end up on products. What kind of products? I don't know. What will I draw/paint/illustrate? I'm not entirely sure, but I kind of know where it's going. What will I call it? I don't have a name yet...but for now I'm calling it My Memory Dump.
I'm not even exactly sure how this project will turn out. I'll be honest, not everything I draw makes it to a product. Sometimes the timing is off. Sometimes the colors or the theme is off. Sometimes it's just total crap. So, to set the standard very low, this project may just be totally unsuccessful - but it'll be a good one, which is why I've decided to write this introduction.
And here it is:
When I was in high school, I read a book called The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli. Machiavelli raises a bold discourse that we often hear today: "The ends justifies the means." He doesn't say this outright in the book, but this is the main theme. And now, this is something that I think many of us grapples with on a semi-regular, on a small or large scale.
Does the end justify the means? When it comes to this work, my answer is no. In this series, the ends will be a direct result of the means. The process rules. What does it mean to the end product? It means that the end product will be a true reflection of my process, and my views. It means, that each work will not just become a piece of product and that's it - it's going to come with a story. That story may be one word, one sentence, or one paragraph - but it will accompany the piece.
There's another book that inspired this series. In college, as a preparation for my thesis, I read a book called The Hidden Dimension by Edward T. Hall. There's a passage in the beginning of the book that is reiterated thematically throughout the book.
No man experiences the same as another. To a third party, and experience can be similar, but to the first party, no experience is the same. This is because as a person, we base our perception of experiences on our past experiences, our emotions (which is a build-up of how those past experiences have made us feel), and a billion other things that makes up our reception of a particular experience. I like to think of it as layers of sediments that have built up over time.
This to me is incredibly fascinating. It's really what makes each person on this planet unique. As we experienced Acadia National Park, for example, we could be looking at exactly the same vista, but my reception is different from Keith's, because his layers of sediment is different of mine. With this series, I convey my perspective. What sticks out to me, what do I remember. From travels, movies I've watched, day-to-day experiences - everything. This series, more than my previous work, will rely heavily on my memory of moments and events.
There's no timeline to me that dictates how long this series will run. In my right brain, I see it as a big series with sub-series. The first of the sub-series that I will begin will be based on our recent New England trip. I've started with a few sketches which I recorded in my Passport Books by Letterfolk (I highly recommend this if you're planning on traveling!)
I hope you follow along and I promise to do a much better job on sharing the process. I'm very excited to actually begin, and I hope that many of you can find it refreshing, and maybe even relatable.