Language is originally and essentially nothing but a system of signs or symbols, which denote real occurrences, or their echo in the human soul.
CARL JUNG, Psychology of the Unconscious
This month we’ve decided to reverse our process and write our own tales based on the collages we create using the Christmas Tree motif. We’ll take our inspiration either from the image as a whole, or from some detail within the picture. Of course, we’d love it if you played along! Send us a tale based on one of this month’s pictures or on a Christmas Tree inspired piece of art you created and we will post it with a link to your page. Happy holidays to all whether you are celebrating Yule, Solstice, Hanukkah and or Kwanzaa or simply soaking up the ambience. For those of you not so fond of this season, we suggest creating a piece that reflects those bleaker associations. Sadly, the holidays can be a time of terrible strife and stress in some families and those scars can ache with every festive manifestation of the season.
Solstice celebrates the dark as well as the light. Darkness, long associated in our culture with evil, distress and despair can also be a refuge and a comfort. Human beings go crazy sicken and die with too much light and no sleep. Seeds need the dark earth in which to germinate and sprout; babies need nine months gestation in the dark cave of their mothers’ wombs; bears need to hibernate; trees need periods of dormancy. Learning to love, understand and embrace the dark within and without one’s can banish many fears. It teaches compassion, humility and forgiveness.
Here at Two Twitch a Tale we value the darker side of the tales for richness, resonance and reality. We find no wisdom in a tale that does not include its shades and shadows.
Meet Kathryn Phillips who took up our invitation to visit the virtual studio and join the fun. I hope you enjoy her work as much as we do and that you too will be inspired by one of the stories that inspire us. Or send us a suggestion for a story and or your own work around it. We’ll be happy to post it along with your comments.
Following pieces are by Kathryn Phillips. The comments are hers. Have a question? We’ll pass it along.
This first pair is about the Musicians of Bremerhaven. One shows the idyllic life our elderly “heroes” so justly deserved.
But wait, they had no more “right” to terrorize and then brutalize the lone robber than the robbers had to the same to unfortunates who crossed their paths. The musicians INITIATED the the whole action and felt justified in doing so because they had been oppressed by other humans. A slippery slope indeed. This is why the musicians faces are superimposed upon the medieval bandits, and the woman being victimized also shows a two-sided character. One assumes she may be an innocent, but who knows what evil she may have committed?
In the final picture, I found the star wars monster already embedded in the snowy photo, but I added details to make it the monster the robber imagined…
The first depicts the beauty that is the natural world, with coyote paying homage to Rock and Iktome acting as witness.
The second uses graphic images we see everyday in mass media driven America.
Iktome – Spiderman
Trickster Coyote – Wile E. Coyote
Rock – Rolling Stones
White rancher (gullible buffoon) – Woody Pride
Coincidences based on archetypes or native American symbols co-opted by mainstream culture? Aside from sports team (Braves, Redskins, etc.), what other images do we de-mystify and devalue by making them into caricatures? What subtleties are lost when the inactive message is lost to passive massage (Marshall McLuhan) of prepackaged ideas?