(a compendium of thoughts, musings, observations, images and revelations about drawing compiled by students and teachers at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
Friday, January 30, 2009
Broken Strings are still strings
My works are usually aimed at unveiling a certain truth I find to be meaningful and evident in my life. My art also tries to depict life the way I see it and all of the beauty and tragedy I've discovered through time. Over Winter break I made two pieces of art. I gave them both away as a Christmas and a birthday present purely because I don't have all the money in the world. One piece was entitled "Broken strings are still strings." This work was a portrait of one of my best friends. He was playing guitar and one of the E strings was broken. For the strings and part of the body of the guitar I wrote lyrics to a song called "You stay here" by Richard Shindell.
You stay here And I'll go look for wood Do not fear I'll be back soon enough Do not let the fire die Neither let it burn too bright
You stay here And I'll go look for bread And if I can Some sugar for the kids Dry your eyes - I'll be alright I know where they've laid the mines
You stay here And I'll go look for coats There may still be Some out on the road We'll wash them clean with melted snow The kids don't ever have to know
You stay here And I'll go look for guns I think I know Where they've hidden some Cause if the Tiger comes one night We won't go without a fight
You stay here And I'll go look for God Not so hard Cause I know where he's not I will bring him back with me Make him listen - make him see
You stay here And I'll go look for wood
This piece represents the everyday trials and the kinds of things that can truly break us and smother our sense of self and understanding. The kinds of things that can stifle our fire. I wanted this gift to be a declaration of not only who my friend is in my eyes but also to be a sentiment and piece of advice to my friend. If ever he feels to the point that he cannot overcome his struggle I want him to persevere and continue playing his guitar even if his string is broken; when everything is bitter and cold I want him to search for things that are sweet and warm; to protect his identity within himself and what he holds dear; to make the most out of his disposition. He believes in being completely truthful with himself and others but when he is broken, it is hard for him to be stable and a source of happiness and inspiration for himself. This piece was to encourage him to continue playing his song even when the fire is almost completely drawn away. It is also a sentiment to allow him to see that entrusting himself with his beliefs is something he must do in order to keep his flame alive. "You stay here, and I'll go look for wood." Even when the struggle seems insurmountable, continue to feed your fire, continue to learn, continue to feel, continue to ignite inspiration. Take the darkness you feel and empower it. Take the darkness and enlighten it. Delve into and find your self and see your struggles as a part of yourself, not something to extinguish, but to embellish and enthrall you.