Thing From The Pit, Charcoal acrylic, pastel, shellac and graphite on canvas, 24" x 30"
Thing from the Pit marks a pretty significant change of pace for my work; it is a work guided entirely by inspiration, intuition, and a narrative. Though I love studying technical and classical drawing, I felt like I was growing incredibly stiff, as if my work were satisfying me the way solving a difficult math problem is satisfying. Admittedly, it had been quite a while since I just felt really connected with the thing I was working on.
After reading The House on theBorderland for a second time, I felt once again seized by those incredible shifts in conceptual scale--from small human stories to an end-of-all-things vastness I have yet to experience anywhere else. In an introduction to the graphic novel adaptation, Alan Moore describes the book as leaving an "aftertaste." I can think of no more accurate a description. There have been very few pieces of art that so drastically affected me, that can knead my hardened creative mind back into something healthy. It was this novel by William Hope Hodgson that finally made me understand that there no reason my love of fine-art making should not mingle with my love of science fiction, horror, and existential narratives.
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