Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Another world...

First off, if you have not gotten an email from me with the details of the swap and want to participate, please email me at artsy_mama@hotmail.com I have a few that said they are interested and I have no way of reaching them. Thanks! So last night my husband surprised me with my Valentine's present. I was clueless (and skeptical) at first, having never heard of the movie. He said to trust him, that he thought I'd like it. Sometimes it's scary (in a good way!!) how well someone may know you. I love that my hubby really gets me deep down inside, knows what my artistic process is like and feeds it. Stretches me to try new things that I normally wouldn't feel would be my style. Awesome..xoxo, Joe!

Ok, back to the movie. It was just released in the US, so we had to wait for it from Amazon. Has anyone seen the movie MirrorMask? It is quite the feast for the eyes. Definitely the most "artsy" movie I've ever seen. Very, very cool stuff. The sketches that the girl in the film does are wonderful. She places them all over her walls and they become "windows" between real world and the fantasy world she ends up in. She looks through them from the fantasy world and sees how her "real world" self is not who she thinks she is.
Here's the official web site. Summary: MirrorMask is the compelling story a young girl who runs away from her family's circus and finds herself in a twisted landscape of floating stone giants and flying books. To find her way home, she must first find the MirrorMask and, in the process, discover the secret behind this strange world.

Analysis (from here): It's a wonderfully demented fairy tale filled with fanged cats out of Escher sketches and prickly spiral staircases to nowhere, but at its core is simply a girl wishing her sick mother would get better. It is a thoroughly surreal scene, a circus by Salvador Dali come to life. What follows is a lovely journey through a fantastical landscape. The young girls (Helena) mother falls sick, and Helena herself, wishing to join the real world, finds herself instead in the Dark Lands, a twisted world where fish fly in schools through the air, insulted books return to the library of their own volition, and everyone wears a mask. It is a quirkily charming place, yet it is also dangerous. The movie (and book) are written by Neil Gaiman. You may have read some of his books. Here is his site and blog. The amazing artwork is by Dave McKean.
I'm not even sure what to say about it. Still working through all the imagery in my head. I do know that it got my creative juices flowing. Such a different style than my own art, but so much inspiration there. Some of the masked creatures reminded me of Zettiology stuff. Ever since reading an article by Teehsa in her Art and Life zine about creating another world through art, I've been facinated by this idea. It is something that I do not do. I think that's the scrapbooker in me. I tend to use images of family and friends, things in my real life. When I try to use old photos of people I don't know, I tend to loose the connection. I feel like I'm creative, but not sure how imaginative I am. Something interesting to think about. For those of you that use a lot of other images in your art, what is your process like for choosing those images? Do you feel like you're creating another world with your art? I'd love to hear peoples thoughts on this.

8 comments:

tricia stirling said...

sounds cool! thanks for the heads up!

Lilli said...

I think that what I do with most crafts is to try to create beauty, as an antidote to whatever's around me that doesn't live up to my expectations. Sometimes I'm trying to make things more colourful. Other than that, I'm not sure I can put a finger on what my process is. I just probably don't do enough of it :)

mosaic queen said...

First of all, let me say that I'm going to join your swap. I apologize for the late notice, but I was trying to decide whether I could squeeze it in and then I decided WTH, I'll make time. I'll send you an email also. Also, thanks for the heads up on the movie. I hadn't heard about this one and fantasy "visual" world movies and books are my favorite! I have to watch the movies though, as I NEVER have time to read.
These type of movies make me feel like I belong....like there's other people like myself that really "see" or maybe I should say "feel" like I do. It can be a lonely place, but by keeping the creative juices flowing, it helps to maintain balance. This is how I live. To enter my home is like entering a different world. It's very whimsical, probably not how most people live, but it's what I NEED in order to be happy. Thank goodness I have a husband that gets me and lets me build my own little fantasy world for us to live in.

Joan said...

I tried to contact you by email about the swap, but my email was returned, so I will try to contact you this way. I am in and will get something off to you next week. Joan jellisy at cox dot net Thanks!

Heather said...

The movie sounds very, very interesting. Seems something like Pan's Labrynth from what I've been reading in blogland. How romantic that your hubby knew just what to get you!

la vie en rose said...

somebody else (can't remember who but it was another blogger) recommended this movie to me after i went on and on about pan's labrynth (excellent by the way). it's in my netflix queue already but i have to get through my oscar watching 1st...after this weekend i'm all good...

Jolie said...

I saw this movie several months ago. It's brilliant! The draw for me was that it is a Henson production. I definitely want to watch again, it stayed with me a long time. It is just so beautiful.

I'm very excited for the Dark Crystal 2 to come out. There are in pre-production now.

eb said...

I found this post very interesting and I will certainly see this movie - thanks so for the thorough and descriptive intro and analysis - in response to your query re: imagery - sources etc., - so much of my work comes directly from my dream life - so this film is a real shoe-in in terms of real/surreal - life/art.

come visit - I have some posts up addressing this idea - I would be very interested to see what you think.

xox - eb.