Thursday, April 29, 2010

Didn't I say blog visitors inspire my work?

I have said it before and I will say it again, that little Revolver map is awesome!

Seeing all the little flags of visitors from all over the world is beyond cool, it is inspiring to me. As I work on the collection of prints involving Lady Penelope Pinkerton-Smythe, I think about all the places she may have visited. The little flags on the blog map have me daydreaming of her travels.

I am going to tie the thread of the prints to the book Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne. The prints I have completed (and still working on) are named from phrases or chapter headings from that book. The main character of my work is of course Lady Penelope and not Phileas Fogg! I am having fun playing on the titles or using some of references from the book. Each print stands alone as having some significance to a part of my life or an experience of my travels, but strung together, they carry the narrative of the lighthearted, fast-moving journey of Lady Penelope. Like Fogg, the journey takes her from London to many places including Reno.

As I personally have only made the London to Reno part of the journey, I am not completely sure what route she will take back, or if she will leave the trail that Fogg took, to go somewhere different. There may even be some time travel involved as I pull memories from my past or have dreams of the future.

Looking at that blog map, I have tied the prints to Paris, London, Sri Lanka and Carson Valley so far. Once I have completed the series I will put them into some kind of order. For now I am taking the images and working on them in no particular order, as and when they come to me. I keep looking at that 6300+ flag from Thessaloniki and I'm thinking I must have her visit soon.

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