I thought I'd share the latest designs for the Illustrated Quotation project.
"Is there no way out of the mind?" - Sylvia Plath
My mother (a Smith graduate) introduced me to Sylvia Plath when I was in high school and I was immediately transfixed. As a melodramatic teenage musician and budding writer, I was of course drawn to her later, darker works - Daddy, Lady Lazarus, etc - and she embodied my idea of the artist's life at a particular extreme - suffering for your art and all that. But as an adult, I still love her writing, but respond to different pieces. I reread the Bee poems during the recent ...ahem... spotty weather, and was struck by The Arrival of the Bee Box as a metaphor for both her psyche and her life as a kept queen bee of sorts in Suburbia. Quotation from her diaries, which Nichole and I tore through last summer.
"Good prose is like a window pane." - George Orwell.
If you are a writer and haven't read through Orwell's essay "Why I Write," you should. It's a great lesson in finding your subject and sticking to it. Inspired by a recent bevy of emails from aspiring writers, I thought that this idea deserved some consideration. I'm of course a big proponent of the notion that good ideas are clear ideas, and that writing is largely a process of teasing your essential message out of the mess in your head. The jumbled, overlapping words form the window frame, the absence of which reveals a concise and transparent message.
"One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it's left behind." - Charles Dickens
This is the kind of sentence that either you relate to or you don't. As a person who has been nomadic and walked down more than a few paths, I know how distance changes your feelings about places, people and periods of time in your life. The haphazard cobblestones in this illustration were inspired by a particular place in Paris that holds a lot of memories for me, that I've alternately fled from
. I wanted the subject to be the place here, as it watches the person fade into the void. Quotation from Little Dorrit.
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