Illustrations by Anthony Goicolea.
Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, 2006. 64 pp., 35 full-color illustrations, 10x12".
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOW IN IT'S SECOND PRINTING
The sense of foreboding tinged with playful fantasy characteristic of many of my photographs is mimicked in a suite of complex figurative line drawings on mylar. Androgynous figures of indeterminate age float on top of and through each other in a layered composition separated by planes of Plexiglas and semi-opaque vellum paper. The ghostlike figures are caught in free-floating, awkward, transitional states: sometimes their images are doubled; sometimes they seem like as much animal as human.
Optically, the figures fade in and out of each other in a series of tentative lines that read like traces of previous drawings and refer to memory and transition. The figures' relationship to the water's horizon line seems to shift within a single drawing. This horizontal reference point separates air from water and reality from fantasy while it transforms the swimmers' shapes and sizes. This shift mimics the play of light through water, seeming to actually pass through the two worlds and to fracture the figure caught between them.
These absurd predicaments strive to provoke conflicting emotions in the viewer. Scenes which would normally appear threatening, dangerous, or grotesque inspire empathy as well as fear, and ultimately are revealed to be more complex than was first assumed.