Science Fiction Art
When I got back into the creative habit 20 years ago after a ten-year drought, I was addicted to Star Trek, the Next Generation. I was active in the Unitarian community at that time, and facilitated a ten-week seminar in feminist spirituality. I was simultaneously involved in a creative dream group hosted by Lucy Daniels, a psychiatrist and author who is known for her work in the field of creative psychology. All these experiences fused together for me and I produced some of my favorite art during this time.
I composed my own “alphabet” loosely based on the prehistoric petroglyphs of Eastern European matriarchal societies (see the work of Marita Gimbutas). All my life, I’ve had a problem making myself understood, and writing in pictures known only to myself gave me a sort of power over that lack of communication. (Perhaps a bit passive-aggressive?)
The collage to the right is called L-series III. It seems to be like a word or idea at the brink of being understood, but somehow failing; familiar and alien at the same time. The collage on the left is An experiment in non-linear time and is meant to represent a child unmoored by the lack of communication with its parent.
My dear friend Julie has often referred to Star Trek’s Captain Picard as embodying the best of Unitarian principles . . . the interconnected web of existence . . . seeing the inherent dignity of all people . . . the absolute role of justice and compassion in human relationships. I suppose we’re closet Trekkies, if middle-aged women who would never consider attending a Con can take on that role. I’ve often been told I have an “overdeveloped” need for justice; my heroes seem to be Superman, Aeschylus and Captain Picard. At any rate, I was completely taken by Data’s dialog and produced a couple of works with titles based on his vocabulary. The one above is entitled Actual unretouched photo of children manipulating the space/time continuum. All parents know that children do this. The role of the space/time continuum is played by a photo of the endless escalators on the DC Metro.
Not all the work I created during this period was quite so “loaded.” The one at right is entitled L-series IV. As well as using my private symbology, there’s use of the joyous images that make me whole. These include pictures of the beach, letters from my great friend Felicia, wonderful little stickers (a new fad at the time), and pictures of my girls. My girls are 24 now, but I’m still stunned by the fierceness of the mother-bear love they bring out.
I’m also rather stunned at how bad these photos are . . . look closely and you’ll clearly see my reflection at the bottom of the image above. I swear I never noticed that before and that picture is at least 14 years old. Oh man, how many shows did I submit that slide to???