Friday, March 11, 2011

House of Beehives

My new project is based on a short story by Italo Calvino, House of Beehives. I am challenging myself with a darker story this time around. It's about a traumatized man who fled WWII and became a hermit. He resides among bees and suffers the consequences of losing his last human relationship. Eligio, the antihero wears a gas mask, layers of brambles and travels with bees to distance himself from humans and look less human. Cinzia, his love interest eventually dies from an attack of bees. I decided to go with the crowlike shape for him because he is an outcast and felt that a poppy shape would be appropriate for her since bees are attracted to flowers. My goal is to tell a horror story in a poetic flat manner. I am looking at Hitchcock's The Birds and Charlie Harper.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Last bit of Zeitoun

Zeitoun is a project about a Syrian man who survives Hurricane Katrina and ends up rescuing people on a canoe. He is unjustly arrested as a terrorist in the story and has a past out at sea. Since race is a running theme in the story, I decided to address it literally by assigning people different colors. Zeitoun describes a close connection between his people and the ocean, so I decided to make him blue. I also thought it'd be interesting if his wife was pink and together, they had purple children.

This is the last bit of work I created for this project. There are mistakes to fix in every piece, but I will take what I learned and pay attention to it in my next project. I feel as though this project started out much stronger and stopped progressing when I caught a nasty long fever a week ago. Time doesn't wait and I'm ready to jump into the next project!