Ok - so I have to admit I am one of Shakira's biggest fans. I like almost all of her stuff up until she started singing in English. I wasn't feeling her songs in translation. Somehow, Spanish has a much nicer flow for her love/hate songs. There is a song of hers - "Las de la Intuición." The video is awesome, it shows her in purple hair dancing in front of a mirror and in some kind of saran wrap.
What's even better though is a line she has in the song, which is about giving in completely to love and desire. The song says:
"...Yo me propongo ser de ti
Una victima casi perfecta..."
Translated that means: I propose to be your almost perfect victim
I heard this song for the first time in Japan in 2006, when I was hanging out with some Peruvian Japanese folks at a Latino bar. It's still one of my favorites. This print is about what she sings about. I used the same image but offset it a few times, to create the feeling of chaos, a beautiful chaos that is. I completed this piece on a Vandercook letterpress, using linoleum blocks and a polymer plate. Here is a close up:
Now the funniest thing about this piece is actually WHO helped me make it. My tutor's name is Nick Hurd. As we were working, he was telling me that his grandfather was also a printmaker. Clement Hurd enjoyed doing wood blocks. So he passed this on to his grandson. Well, the young Nick Hurd, is the one guilty for getting me into letterpressing. He has taught me everything I know about it, and I have to say, my letterpress prints have given me great joy.
His grandfather is Clement Hurd, illustrator of Goodnight Moon, the timeless children's classic. My friend, Gan Golan, recently released a parody of Hurd's book - Goodnight Bush. I interviewed him back in July (click here to check it out). I traveled to Denver for the Democratic National Convention along with Goodnight Bush to promote by own new book, Reproduce & Revolt. While I was there, this photo was taken. It was later used by UTNE Reader to profile my work.
So you see, we are all connected.