Thursday, 24 July 2014

Felice


The night of the 3rd of March 2013, I started to write a long private letter.
In a few lines, though, I realized that I wanted to share that with anyone, because what I was trying to tell had to do with the biggest lesson of my life, what I always try to share and what I see people appreciating the most from me as well.
So I kept writing, allowing myself to this spontaneous and naked flow.

As I understood that I wanted to make something out of those words and lines, that night, I immediately realized that it was going to turn into a bigger project: I had those pages, I had a theatrical monologue out of them and I had a series of illustrations around and inside them.

When I started to write I didn't know how long the whole work was gonna take, I only knew that I was stopping when I was reaching the end of the sketchbook.
The process took fourteen months, although in a few weeks I was further enough to say something here about it, sharing the Heidi Harris' song Nine Feathers, which has my voice reading some extracts of this words (and lines and colours and blank spaces).

Since last April, when I finished to write, I mostly worked on the performance for the monologue, which is the current step and the reason why I temporary left my Dutch home in July to come back in Italy for the summer: when I started to write that letter, I was writing in my native language – the language that I had to keep to write that way. Yes, though, I really really want to translate it all in English as well. But not now: now I came back in Italy to go busking around, with my backpack, my sleeping bag (well, actually isn't mine: thank you, Bard), my tent, the Death Tambourine I introduced you some weeks ago and, last but not least, a rainbow xylophone! Plus the letter, of course: Felice. That's the title of the book.
It means:
"happy".


shoot: Masha Rozhnova

So now what?
Now I'll leave for my trip, reading my love letter about the harmony in the streets and in the squares or wherever I'll feel, pretty much going random or visiting the several Italian cities and villages where I have friends waiting for me.

shoot: Veerle Van Harten
I'll also perform in some associations or so, plus, at the end of August, the Ferrara Buskers Festival (and that's a dream, let me tell you, my memories of that festival as teenager and visitor are really framed in golden tears of magic).
If you perhaps want to try to follow me, I "even" created a space on facebook.



shootMasha Rozhnova
shootMasha Rozhnova
shoot: Masha Rozhnova
shootMasha Rozhnova


If you're curious to have a look into this freaky psychedelic thing, well, you can read it all online.









More will come.



Later!


…Now I'm going to enjoy my trip. :)

Monday, 21 July 2014

Populus

A poplar asked me to draw one of its leafs at the moment of falling down.


Saturday, 12 July 2014

"I've only had happy thoughts", ***** said.

Travelers come, travelers go and sometimes the travelers I host immediately turns into a magic sisterhood which wants to enjoy the little supreme humble rituals that can happen in a tiny room not far from the canals…
















Saturday, 14 June 2014

4:02 AM; 4:42 AM (my s.n.o.b. cosmo around that stone in the sky)

So, did you enjoy the biggest fact about tonight?



You'll see again such a big full moon in thirty-five years (as Mrs. Betta said).



Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Death Tambourine


Il tamburello della morte


This tambourine is going to roll down in the streets with me, this summer, in Italy.
That's the project I'm working on.

Si chiama Felice, e qualche volta su queste pagine è già passato.
Briciola per briciola, assaggerete di più.


I was originally looking for a gong, but the basic idea was a golden disc. On the way for a place which, in the end, didn't have anything similar, I found this tambourine in a shop with egyptian and african handicraft. It immediately called my attention while I was cycling. Afterwards, at home, I painted my symbols on it.



I think that this Object is going to become one of my long life companions.




Friday, 16 May 2014

FOR THE COLOUR RED (a post feeling 4 years old)

many things going on STOP
love for the colour red keeps growing  STOP
i got a song for this STOP
the past summer i made a lovely naive ugly sketch for this STOP
working or rituals now STOP
you'll see more soon STOP
i don't know why i'm pretending to read a telegraph, since I have no idea about how to STOP

but i know i'm 4 and in my world i'm running on a meadow with a-Karin-Dreijer-Andersson-4-years-old too.


DANCE!





PS. Eta bought a xylophone with the colour of the rainbow. Eta is tremendously happy. Eta is going to paint your face.
(What?!)

Saturday, 3 May 2014

LinFante raschia

Con la pubblicazione di Non mi piace niente, LinFante sta raschiando le sue corde in giro per l'Italia in tanti posticini, tra i quali diversi sono a Roma, dove rischiate davvero di incontrarlo, LinFante, perché la città eterna è diventato il suo ultimo indirizzo, dopo una valanga di spostamenti tra Francia, Spagna e Italia. Per la serata del 10 maggio al Black Market, le care vecchie Officine (che siamo io e la mia squadra di pastelli, pesci volanti e altre robe del genere tanto carine) abbiamo recuperato una locandinuccia extra scarabocchiando le scritte a mano.


The illustration for this poster is a phase of the picture from the back of LinFante's album Non mi piace niente. While I was painting it, I decided to scan it in progress because I had the feeling I wanted to use it in such a variation, afterwords.

>>> Or on YouTube


Thursday, 1 May 2014

☉R G A S M


This is a peculiar very-private abstract painting I've been asked to do.
It is very-very-private, but I got the permission to show some glimpses of it.


 



Doing it, I realised how much I could enjoy an "easy" life in which I just drool in ecstasy all the time contemplating colours and only making abstract painting. It was a very long time I wasn't working on abstract works, it's a genre which I deeply investigated only when I was about four: it was serious shit, but I didn't have a blog yet, so maybe one day I should scan all that sacred freedom and fun with my first brushes.
Anyway, I'm not going to turn into a full time abstract painter, so I've been pretty happy to remember one more time how it feels.


(If you are wondering about why an abstract should be so very-very-private, well, keep wondering…)

Monday, 21 April 2014

( w h i s p e r i n g ) ::: "K'é Turuq"


A long time ago, I met a tremendously inspiring bard, who I was considering, you know, way too talented, compared with me, to ask him any sort of collaboration like, you know, maybe an animation, having me as drawer and him as musician.
(What a dreamlike match!!!)

Another long time ago again, but then less long, this tremendously inspiring bard told me that, well, he was considering me way too talented, compared with him… but that, well, maybe, perhaps, you know… well, he told me he was thinking about doing something together – like, you know, maybe an animation, having me as drawer and him as musician.
(What a dreamlike match!!!)


So that's how, since those days on, I and Sir Felipe Iturrieta started our own very peculiar way of this short movie.
There are many reasons which are making so long our creative process and many are simply practical, like jobs, travels and projects, but there are two different ones, which are totally worthing this unexpected slow rhythm.
The first one is that our screenplay did need a serious deep cultural research and elaboration, indeed I may already picture how new discoveries will influence again the backgrounds and the whole design, which are still in progress.
The second reason is completely about the inspiration and the method. It happened that we were coming back to our subject, to our screenplay, to our character designs, sometimes after long pauses, and since we both don't have good memories at all, often we have been literally blow-minded by our own ideas (yes!), which we kept forgetting every time! This may look just freakish and absolutely nonfunctional, but, after the months were passing by and I was partly sad of not working continuously on this, we found out and had to admit that this weird way was creating, every time, a new blank space in which trip in and freely fantasise. Some of our favourite ideas actually came from those dynamics – and those dynamics have been (and will be) funny and wonderful in a way that, once again, makes already the process itself extremely interesting and magic.

We are now at the storyboard step (and keeping our eyes open for potential collaborators or co-production). The following drawings are mine, but we arrived together at them, sketching a lot and sharpening the concepts in our psychedelic dance.


…Mermaids & pirates, I'm very pleased to introduce you the first glimpses from our animated short movie, K'é Turuq.


Diamanda
Eric
Eric

Study for the tarot card of the Justice (as vision); we represented like the Libra,
which is its correspondant card among the Italian deck of the Minchiate.
Another study of the Justice card.



Love & light & much inspiration,

Eta