Sunday, September 14, 2008

Observations on Artmaking

I was discussing the book Twilight with my sister. I was asking her if she had a good reason for why she liked it. She said she liked it because even though it was overtly fictional it helped her gain insights to how she looked at life. (Possibly paraphrased, the conversation was over a week ago.) I think she has a point. In a "reality" based fiction the writer can take the artistic liberties of observing our culture from an outsiders perspective. We can see ourselves differently by looking through anothers eyes. I like comics for this very reason, a cartoonist can make a satirical observation that allows me to even laugh at myself. These are a few comic strips that I have collected because they reflected observations I have made about the mindset of some "artists" as they explain there working methods. (These are very general observations that seem to reflect trends in attitude that I disagree with, predominantly within academics.) In the satire is where the comics garner their validity for me, they can say in fiction that which I refrain from saying due to tact. I will let you make your own observations from the comics.

"Get Fuzzy" by Darby Conley
"Non Sequitur" by Wiley Miller


Ryan Muirhead said...

Say what you will, but there is no excuse to read the Twilight books. None. They are romance novels for LDS girls disguised as a real book. Horrendous writing.

Rebekah said...

Ahh, Twilight. Read them all. Own them all. Will read them again, except the last one, which I didn't like.

Every time I read your blog, you amaze me. What are you doing besides teaching? Did you make it to the class reunion? Yes, you took me to Sr. Harvest Ball. I have a picture if you'd like to see it... email me.

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