Thursday, December 13, 2007

What say you?

These are a few more drawings from last week's performance of "Twelfth Night." Cape and Tights suggested that sketches are just as much fun as final drawings, so I've tried to show a bit of process here. During the frenzy of gender swapping, I had the sudden thought that Shakespeare would have embraced Gloria Steinem's adage that "femininity is women in drag." Women played men, and women played women. We all play gender roles to some extent.

The flickering quality of the teenage actors added another layer of play. Sometimes they seemed like children, and then suddenly like fully-formed adults.

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Thanks to Scout (Viola) for a really wonderful performance and also for helping me name these characters. I wish you all the good things in this world. (Photo by Scout's father).

5 comments:

Pam said...

Thank you so much for including your sketches, they are as intriguing as your drawings.

"The flickering quality of teenage actors," very well said and applicable to teenagers in general.

Lana Gramlich said...

Really cool sketches (& personal insights)! I almost feel like I was there. :)

ellen said...

I recently found my way to your blog and what a wonder it is! I love your sketches and seeing things through your eyes. I appreciate the words you choose and your joy in doing both so well. Thank you.

Laurie said...

I found you! So great to see your artwork again. I've missed you terribly.

Ed said...

Once again, great artwork! Each piece feels alive, they capture so much more than an isolated moment in time. Thanks for sharing them.