August 1 – 31, 2019
First Thursday: August 1, 5 – 8pm
I am perishing already—I am failing—I am passing away. In a little while you will be alone in shoreless space, to wander its limitless solitudes without friend or comrade forever—for you will remain a thought, the only existent thought, and by your nature inextinguishable, indestructible. But I, your poor servant, have revealed you to yourself and set you free. Dream other dreams, and better!
-The Mysterious Stranger, Mark Twain
This quote, taken from an unfinished story, The Mysterious Stranger, gives insight into the morbid, existential mindset of Mark Twain’s final years. The foreboding tone of his language also encapsulates my personal thoughts and feelings during a tumultuous year of my life; a year of contemplating mortality, meaning, and dealing with constant isolation. Using ideas such as: Surrealism, Expressionism and Artificial Realism help construct narrative scenes that give the viewer a glimpse into specific moments or feelings otherwise inexplicable through words.