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Comics Tue Jun 24 2014

Postcards from the Mess: Sarah Mosk

Postcards from the Mess is a weekly poem-comic about and inspired by art/artists, music/musicians, performers/performances, etc. This week, it's about Sarah Mosk.

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"Mosky," as I sometimes refer to her (regardless of her preference on the matter, which I'm honestly not sure of), is a visual artist, whose clear vision is consistent across mediums. Whether it be collage or animation, the viewer is drawn ever deeper into her familiar scenes of idealized domesticity, then disoriented as she fractures their deceptive nostalgia for days gone by. Like a hall of shattered mirrors, we're left with image fragments that don't quite piece together, and therein lies our own portrait.

My comic this week is a response to her work, which has been an unusually tough nut to crack. Up until the last minute I had no idea how to approach it, and I sat at my desk into the wee hours, jittering from coffee and exhaustion, as I tried to make my Tuesday deadline. Even now, it's 7pm the day it's due, and I'm just posting it.

I can sense the progression of this weekly series as the comics evolve from being tribute-responses rooted in aesthetics to something more personally conversational. There's an exchange that's beginning to take place, as my own emotions and recent experiences tinge the work. This series is helping me to better understand the art that my peers make, but it's also drawing out something from within me, which I'm giving them in return. All in all, it's a pretty great journey.

To see Sarah's artwork, please visit her website.

 

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