Wednesday, August 24, 2005
When I thought about reflection I thought about all the duality type movies and books I really like. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the The Picture of Dorian Gray which I chose to illustrate. In the story by Oscar wilde, Dorian stays young and unmarked while his portrait grows old but it also grows more hideous the more his soul becomes rotten. He gets to do whatever he wants and the portrait shows the results. I remember the first time I saw the old black and white
movie as a kid and the great moment when you see the hideous portrait. I always thought the painting was amazing. It was many years later that I found out the painting was done by Ivan Albright and only last year that I saw the original in the
Chicago Institute for the first time. That was more exciting for me than some of the Monets i tell ya [ tho I like Monet and all] . I read the book a while after I saw the movie and still enjoy it.
I like that everyone flings themselves onto sofas and lounges languidly.
In my piece Dorian, in a rare moment of guilt, smashes a mirror which holds his "false" reflection while the hideous portrait looks on.
I drew up some quotes from the book in my sketchbook as well.