Monday, July 31
Something on Link Tv looked and sounded familiar.
It was Chris Landreth's film on Ryan Larkin, the animation genius.
In the late 60's Ryan Larkin was nominated for the Academy Awards for his film called 'Walking'.
I'm feeling tired after watching the film and the documentary about the film.
Ryan Larkin now lives off the streets.
He became a dipsomaniac somewhere along the way and now lives off the streets.
They said, this is the worst thing to happen to an artist.
Landreth's film has these half fleshed characteres. The face is only half. That's it. Only flesh on half the face and the other half, it doesn't exist.
It doesn't feel like a film.
I guess it really isn't.
It's the truth staring right back at you.
Like looking in a dirty mirror. All your horrors looking at their reflection, that's what you are.
How often does a documentary about one single person leave you in tears?
His face quivers as though he's talking but the words really come out only 7 seconds later.
He begs on the streets. And he says nonchalantly, the most often asked question is, 'why don't you get a job?' and he tells them to either leave their spare change or just move down the street.
In the end Landreth goes to show him the film. Goes to show Ryan a film about him, based on actual interviews and characters generated from the interview. Life and art intermingling and who knows who's imitating whom?
Ryan was left speechless after watching it.
His last words in the documentary?
'Well, I guess I want out'.
I feel caterpillars under my skin
This morning in yoga class I made a friend.
We're meeting up on Wednesday for dinner. I offered to help cook and bring dessert and some wine. Looking forward to it, should be lots of fun. I was feeling really enthusiastic about everything till earlier this evening. Just watching this film has managed to completely drain me out. How does one accomplish that, as a film maker? Does the film have to be as close to reality as possible?
Like you were watching the person's life itself?
I'm listening to my favourite Dylan song sent to me by a kind fellow blogger. If you're reading this, thanks again!
Alright then, my last week here has begun. Next week this time I will be nowhere. It's really something like that. The total time I'll spend travelling is I don't know what, but it translates to 30 hours. I'm reading Bolivian Diaries, part of the bigger Motorcycle diaries of Che Guevara that were not included in the film. It's intriguing.
( 10 minutes later)
I think I know how I feel after watching the film Ryan.
I feel as though I were driving down a beautiful highway and it began to rain. It was a harbinger, I drove on and the rain became almost fierce. I couldn't see clearly and the wipers were having a tought time fighting the force of the pouring rain. And I saw something red on the other side of the road. 7 seconds later I realised it was a body, rolled up backwards, from an accident.
Yeah, that's how I feel.
Friday, July 28
I'll be back in india soon.
Once I get there it'll be bye bye time.
I've had fun here.
Babushkas has been motivating me to draw every single day.
I now have a bigger pile of sketchbooks filled up completely.
You guys have pepped me up when I was low and egged me on when I was unsure.
So, thanks everyone!
I'll vist your blogs from time to time and keep in touch.
Perhaps I'll pop up in another avatar sometime, who knows?
Wednesday, July 26
Monday, July 24
Sunday, July 23
with a not-too-hot mug of coffee
this sketch is for the poem D1 that i'd posted some time back. It's written by a friend. The painting's nearly finished.It's been drying and then it's been raining heree for the past two days.
What better way to end a cloudy grey day, than with warm water?
And a nice creamy mug of coffee, ofcourse.
( Just taking a coffee break while watching' Talk to her')
Friday, July 21
Tuesday, July 18
Sunday, July 16
Have you watched this film?
It's a film that makes you cry and in a way reassures you that's it's okay to cry while wathing a film.
And when Salvatore is watching the montage of kisses from all the spliced films, that Alfredo has left for him,
I shed a tear too.
Friday, July 14
Tuesday, July 11
Monday, July 3
I met some people in Vegas.
I met them in flesh and bone
an eye for an eye
an eyebrow left untouched
hands full of phalanges
deltoids shining bare
in the soft yellow light
and a small pituitary gland
sitting cosy in glass case.
I saw a face.
I saw a distinct face.
So clear was it
that i could count
the facial muscles on it .
The face wore no smile
as it looked back at me,
a slice of a cross-section,
in another glass case.
Further down the dark corridor
I shuddered at the cold hearts.
This one has valves
and the left ventricle swings open
that one has been carved out
so i can look within.
A soft delicate mesh
of blood vessels in red and blue
a spleen here
a hand there
a whole person, too.
In yet another dark room
I see babies who were never born
and so on.
The largest one is 32 weeks old.
(Don't think about it
jut look closely and walk away for now).
Co-joined twins with eyes shut tight
born with a single heart,
it beats no more.
Another embryo with ventral hernia,
organs grew outside.
Little blue babies
in glass jars
they show me your bone structures now.
let me not stand too long here
lest I begin to think about who you could've been
had you been born.
a lady lets me peer right into her heart
a window in her ribcage is open for visitors.
at her muscles
high cheek bones
untouched unskinned brows
long bony hands
and long long toes with unclipped, unpainted nails.
As I walk out
a collection of 83 cross-section slides
bid adieu to me.
They say this collection is a whole human body.
I don't want to know your name.
I fear I'm not brave enough to digest it all.
I met 21 people
they were very different people.
If I think back now
they were more whole than me
even though they had no skin
and a couple of odd organs were
removed and plced in separate
glass chambers for closer obseration.
That night as i lay down
I realised I'd been peering into the deep insides
of 21 cadavers.
I couldn't sleep.
I wonder if they do.