Aug 9 2019 – Fri
When I was in highschool, this was one of the images I included in an AP exam – which consisted of a judge looking over 10 pieces, and giving it a relative score; based on certain standards. I was the only one at the magnet school (non school of the arts) to get a perfect score.
To me, art is always imitation; and the stuff I was drawing was directly inspired by Nightmare on Elm Street movies ( and the tv show), Tales from the Crypt, horror movies in general, and recently gory video games, like Mortal Kombat, and the use of execution scenes ( damsels in distress) in tv/movies/books and comics in general.
When people attribute extra meaning to, an image that disturbs them – but not the hundreds of other pieces I’ve created; it draws more attention to their own relationship to the content. It seems odd, ( but understandable, just not accurate) when viewers assume their relationship to the content must also be mine, or make inferences based on their own beliefs.
Drawing as Zen
To me, drawing something is a way to respond to something I’ve seen, in a way that I understand. When I see a drawing of mine, I can usually remember when, what I was doing that day, and where I was sitting. If I draw something, it usually cuts it down to size, or I can see it more clearly. Obviously portraits, and landscapes please some people.