Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Gromwell (noun): (Plants) any of various hairy plants of the boraginaceous genus Lithospermum, esp L. officinale, having small greenish-white, yellow, or blue flowers, and smooth nutlike fruits.
I had some trouble thinking of love stories that really affected me, but while scrolling through movie ratings I hit The Baxter and started smiling. A "baxter" is the nice guy the leading lady leaves for the leading man and this movie by the comedians behind Stella and Wet Hot American Summer is genre-aware, ridiculous, and very sweet.
The first love story that came to mind when thinking of this week's challenge brief was the myth of Narcissus and Echo. I decided to go with it, because it is a sad and beautiful story, but also one I think can be totally relatable at times. I think most people go through periods of self-obsession that are detrimental to either their mental or physical well-being, let along those around them (depression, addiction, hubris, etc), or have felt ignored and unloved.
I'd really like to go back and do this piece traditionally. I am not sure it got the time it deserved!
My valentine to Johnny Cash & June Carter—because doesn't everyone want a love story like theirs?
My Dad used to talk about how much Johnny loved June, and how he died of a broken heart shortly after he lost her. I don't believe in "storybook" or "perfect" love, which is why I guess I always loved their story—the truest, strongest kind of love weathers all the storms and can't be broken, even by death.
I tried some new things with this piece, looking to the iconic Hatch Show posters for inspiration.