I've just put the finishing touches on my story submission for the Fiction Project, the sister project to the Sketchbook Project. Open to all, "The Fiction Project is an opportunity to tell stories in a different way by fusing text and visual art. Add your voice to this year's coast-to-coast tour and create new work grounded in the act of writing. After traveling across the country, the Fiction Project will enter into the Brooklyn Art Library's narrative collection, archiving your stories to share them with the public." There is still time to participate – check out their website - their sign-up deadline is March 31st and stories must be postmarked by May 1st. We've all got stories to tell – real or imagined.
I wrote my story, The Tent, as an assignment for an art installation class I took at Anderson Ranch a couple of years ago. It seemed to be a perfect place to play with my new found love of watercolor illustration.
Growing up in a 1960's, post World War II subdivision, each house had approximately 2.5 children and there were always cohorts in suburban adventure mucking about. We had freedom to roam and time in the summers to explore…even if it was just over to the next cul-de-sac or a bike ride to the neighborhood 7-11. It was our land, our childhood country – beyond which there be dragons.
My story is about memory and imagination. A tent of old army blankets in the backyard can become anything on a hot summer afternoon.
Every experience that I've ever had has led me to where I am today. Writing this story was a glimpse into how that happens – even as an exaggeration and fantasy I can see how these moments of my childhood informed who I am today.
A collector and scavenger from a young age, the adventure began and I didn't even know it.