This is an installment of a daily project I’m launching for the month of October. I’ll create work revolving around the theme of identity and regrowth and I’ll update my blog with behind the scenes content, process, and finished artwork. Click through to read more. Catch up on the ongoing narrative here.
A Promise is a my first foray into making film, and I’ve grown to love it so much more than I ever thought I would. I’m tackling bigger themes than I can fit into these short frames, and so that’s why this piece is entitled A Promise. It’s a promise to myself and to you that I will explore these themes more deeply in future projects.
There are two things going on here. The first is the reference to the Tarot cards and their meaning. The first shot shows the Ace of Pentacles, the Nine of Pentacles, and the Three of Cups. Combined, these cards reference a period of growth, accomplishment, and celebration. Pentacles represent the tangible and material world and represent the earth element, while the cups represent the emotional world, represented by water. I see them converging to make the intangible tangible through art and creation. The contrasting cards in the next scene, the Tower and the Devil, represent the need to abandon past models of thinking and it alludes to needing to make a change in oneself in order to move forward.
I’ve always felt like strength was cyclical. Two steps forward, one step back. It’s the will to move forward that really allows one’s strength to be felt. The same pattern is played on by juxtaposing these cards. It’s also a major theme in Albrecht Dürer’s work, who’s Knight, Death, and the Devil print is focused on during a portion of the film. I’ll talk more about him later on this month.
The second theme that’s felt throughout is the cyclical nature of life paired with how relative life is. This is shown in the repetition, the jarring movement forward and backwards, and the way time speeds up and slows down. There’s also reference to the snake eating its own tail perpetually, better known as the ouroboros. He means many things, but the meaning I’m most drawn to is that life is cyclical. We are constantly in the process of recreating ourselves. Specifically in the context of being an artist, I feel like as I create, I am being created. My identity changes throughout this process. Sometimes I recognize it and other times I am a stranger to myself. But that is the nature of my process and I’m continually exploring it.