Presenting my first MANTRA ME custom audio / video piece, created for the incredibly strong and adventurous Athena!
Themes I speak to here, based on our phone interview, include: Athena’s breaking through illusion and living powerfully sober, having an unmedicated bipolar alcoholic mother, her future dream of traveling as a nomad in an RV, and her commitment to transforming our health care industry. Because Athena is the first person in her family to graduate from college, I speak her poem over a soft background of graduation music.
A strong willed, motorcycle riding goddess who shines out to the world her resilience, warmth, and humor… Athena is a great lady to know.
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A shot from a shelf in my studio, featuring a salvaged metal box hosting the photo of a mystery boy. He’s an extract from some unknown family’s hand-bound, brittle black paper photo album that I bought in a used bookstore in college.
For any of you who have watched The Switch, and can get over the nauseating predictability of its romantic comedy formula for a minute, there is one psychological theme in it I found of interest. The little boy in the film doesn’t know who his father was. He also has an obsession with collecting store-bought photo frames. He would not remove the stock photography images that were featured in the frames in order to place in his own. When questioned why he did this, he said, they were the best part. He created stories around those stock models such that they could fill in the blanks of his missing lineage, and thus memories. They were his pseudo family.
In college I wrote a term paper on the dangers of coloring books on a child’s developing psychology. Creative conflict is set up wherever… MORE