Saturday, February 6, 2010

MOBY-DICK, Page 153

Title: Did you fixedly gaze, too, upon that ribbed and dented brow; there also, you would see still stranger foot-prints — the foot-prints of his one unsleeping, ever-pacing thought.

11.5 inches by 8.25 inches
collage and ink on found paper
February 6, 2010


  1. In a strange bit of synchronicity, I was not able to finish this piece yesterday (Friday) since we were hit with a blizzard, I had to spend a lot of time shoveling, and then our power went out for several hours. What a night.

    Today, my wife and I went out for a Thai food lunch with a good friend. I still had not finished this piece, but I was very close. At the end of the meal, our server brought us fortune cookies, and my fortune read "Your passions sweep you away." Bizarrely appropriate for both my efforts on this project and, even more specifically, for Ahab's monomaniacal quest for Moby-Dick, so I pasted it to the bottom of this piece of art. It's almost as if I was not meant to finish this piece until today, after this lunch.

  2. I'm new to this site (and this project), but as a lover of all things Melville, especially Moby-Dick, I'm quite smitten with this idea. Very awesome.

  3. Thank you Kerri Anne. I do hope you'll keep visiting, there are still almost 400 pages, and 400 pieces of art, to go.

  4. I love this one. It is the background of my phone right now. Moby dick here looks like a comic baloon. Am I wrong? MARIA GIOVANNA CAMOOBASSO

  5. Maria, I truly don't believe there is a wrong way or a right way to perceive these. I have my own intentions, and you are certainly very accurate, but one of the things I learned very early on in this project was that once an artist creates a work and shares it with the world, they are in a sense losing control of that work. The art will be perceived and judged and interpreted in many many different ways, based on the experiences and point of view of the one who is looking. You seem to have a very good insight into what I had intended.

  6. I take it as a compliment.and I agree with you - sometimes showing your work to the public also means loosing the complete control of the message you wanted to send exactly because it is filtered by our perception ans viewers. Thanks for your answer!Maria Giovanna Campobasso


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