You wake up and you are retired. That is how life is. And you are thinking pizza, the kind you would make if you had the recipe for the perfect crust.
Only a few people on the planet have that recipe, the one for the perfect crust. You had it once in New York City but you can’t remember where or in what decade.
You know though that the pizza shop you discovered on the way to your wife’s job has the crust recipe. You also think, on this particular day, that you really want pizza. Not too much cheese (the cholesterol, the gallbladder), a little sausage, a little pepperoni, some veggies … you can see the perfect pie and so you leave early for your destination to order it.
A bright young man takes your order…he pays attention, he gets it, as they say. You have an uplifting talk and proceed to pick your wife up. The pizza tantalizes you with its smell, you only glimpsed it as it slid from the wood tray to the box, but you saw its crispy edges.
You reach for your cell phone, call your wife (Still in her office), and share the good news: “Hurry up, I’ve got the pizza.”
Home, you open the box…what a picture…a mandala Mona Lisa. Grateful, you think of the young man, the art, and how great it is to get that one perfect pizza pie.
I am always struck by the power of an image…it needs little explanation. On my blog, I align one image with each post. Due to time constraints, some images are more relevant than others.
In Communications, we want people to do something or think something. What a task? So many pre-existing filters exist and it is hard to get through them. Images can sometimes strike our audience in ways that verbiage can not. The popularity of Instagram is a testimony to this opinion.
The image in this post could be interpreted a number of ways: the question is: who is muted in our society? This is an instance where the Semiotic theory in Communications is useful.
The Semiotics definition from the Oxford English Dictionary states:
“The science of communication studied through the interpretation of signs and symbols as they operate in various fields, esp. language (see semioticn.for parallel form). Cf. semiologyn.“
The above is not an icononic symbol, but rather it signifies that a large entity, perhaps alien, as alien as outerspace or as one human paradigm to another, is forcing, through their power, another entity, to stay quiet.This…despite that entities willfulness.
These are some recent headlines on the web that make the sketch a good metaphor for its the use of power over rather than power with :
New York Times: Threats and Vandalism Leave American Jews on Edge in Trump Era
By ALAN BLINDER, SERGE F. KOVALESKI and ADAM GOLDMAN
In each case, the report indicates a threat. One group trying to assert power over another. The responses of the less powerful are not documented in the headlines, but while they may not currently be muted, it is obvious to this news observer that we are heading in a direction of silencing them.
“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”
― Pablo Picasso
There is a company, Stampington Press, which produces many magazines about art and blogging and journaling.
This is the process I use and I find it a great escape, but check out the many magazines they offer online and in many stores, and see what process you want to design for yourself.
First, I pick some materials. In this case a photograph from 2008 of a Magnolia tree in bloom.
(If you are doing a hand piece, grab some paper, and a few tools: magic markers, pens, colored pencils, stickers, bling, and/or whatever you like, but don’t feel you must have the whole art supply cabinet with you. Once you have a few items, sit with them and see what emerges.)
Second, I pick some tools. In this case, Photoshop.
Third, I start playing. I work with this e-media in my day job, so to make it fun, I just try different filters and things I know how to do. In this case I duplicated and cropped the picture 4xs to make the frame, which also has lighting adjustments made to it.
Then I played with the Magnolia photo itself, enlarging it and filtering it.
Finally, I saved it and then started layering the layers. Then, all of a sudden: this photo was done.
I named it what lies beneath because it reminds me of a time when I bought a picture only to find others underneath it. A common experience for flea market investigators. I thought it would be fun to find a quote to go with it so I googled art quotes and Goodreads showed the quote by Picasso at the top. Serendipity, I guess.
It was after the war
Ohio State had set up GI housing
There was a dance
The lights were low
The music live
They were dancing with their partners
A pause in the music, a silence in the room
They heard each other laugh
In the space of eternity
Dropped their partners
Began dancing with each other
And kept on dancing into their 90s