The Portuguese term saudade is used to describe a melancholic longing. As an artist, I have a lifetime interest in the melancholic. Recalling the books, movies, visual art and music I find myself drawn to are threaded together by the saturation of longing. Last in the Woods begins in saudade.
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Using self portraiture, How to Disappear explores questions of personal identity that perhaps can never be answered due to the elusive nature of selfhood
Rufus Johnson in Flannery O’Connor’s The Lame Shall Enter First is the delinquent youth in the story who enters a reformatory where he meets Sheppard, a widowed and atheist father who altruistically insists on taking Rufus into his home with the intent to teach his own son Norton to be less selfish. Rufus’ identity is shaped by his abusive grandfather, his clubbed foot, and that he is a Christian. Throughout the story and with much exertion Sheppard ensues in a power struggle for Rufus’ transformation to become anything he wants to become while he disregards Norton. Rufus believing in the great mystery of Christ is content to accept his position in life and even makes a point of having the cops arrest him because he would rather not live with a man who chooses to play God. By the end of the story, Sheppard is left without Rufus or Norton. The characters in The Lame Shall Enter First can represent the cultural dived and misunderstandings within American culture. The photographs in this body of work illustrate those misunderstandings, but not America’s lack of charm, through a survey of American tropes, political divides, and personal values.