After hundreds of drawings and a few years of work, I've finally completed my self-published book project Where the Spirit. A 44 page wordless graphic narrative, it tells the tale of an exiled scarecrow who finds its true identity while dancing with a wild, spirit-wind.
From the books forward:
Both of my children came out of dire situations in two far-away corners of the world. Due to the complexities and devastation of poverty, they had somehow been deemed expendable; they were treated as throw-away kids.
Over the last 20+ years, I’ve been witness to a mysterious interweaving between their nearly tragic origins and their maturation into individuals with profound creative abilities. As far away as the past may seem, its brokenness has always pulled at them, has always tried to claim them. But I've seen them begin to claim the past instead. I've seen them use music, craft, image, and story to pick up the broken pieces of their origins and put them back together in ways that are at once haunting and redemptive, achingly raw and startlingly new.
Where the Spirit is a symbolic narrative that tries to express the essence of the story they share with so many.
In this post along with preliminary sketches and finished illustrations, I've included pictures from the original photo shoot of my son posing as the main character.
The Release Party: Thursday April 25 / At The Imago Gallery - 512 NW 9th PDX / 7-10pm
Print and eBooks available soon.