What It Is (Anglais) Relié – 1 juillet 2008
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'Using ink brush, pen and pencil drawings as well as collages and luminous watercolours, many of them on lined yellow legal paper, [What It Is] explores deep philosophical questions…' --New York Times, July 2008
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What It Is demonstrates a tried-and-true creative method that is playful, powerful and accessible to anyone with an inquisitive wish to write or remember. Bursting with full-colour drawings, comics and collages, autobiographical sections and gentle creative guidance, each page is an invigorating example of exactly what it is: 'The ordinary is extraordinary'. Lynda Barry explores the depths of the inner and outer realms of creation and imagination, where play can be serious, monsters have purpose and not knowing is an answer unto itself.
How do objects summon memories? What do real images feel like? These types of questions permeate the pages of What It Is, with words attracting pictures and conjuring places through a pen that first and foremost keeps on moving. Her insight and sincerity will tackle the most persistent of inhibitions, calling back every kid who quit drawing to feel alive again at the experiential level.--Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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This book is particularly meaningful to me because I haven't drawn anything since I dropped out of graduate school about fifteen years ago; a sad death of my own creativity that was once integral to my self-image, and I haven't been able to reclaim. I feel like a cherished part of myself is still stuck somewhere in time, preserved like a fly in resin that has fossilized into amber, an artifact of an earlier self that still feels alive in some respects. Barry's work explores these artifacts and how images and memory offer insight into our experience.
When I was young, I loved art and images so much that I had dreams of becoming an artist. I discovered Barry's comics when I was 13 years old, and I found her work to be fascinating and something that I identified with very strongly. Barry's work, "What It Is", courageous and at times confessional in nature and raw, shows us that self-expression and creativity are fundamental to the human experience, and that it's accessible by ordinary people, too. At Barry's urging, I am drawing in the margins, during meetings at work, and reconnecting with the story that is mine alone to tell. With clarity and loving-kindness, she took her hand in mine and said, "Don't let the architecture bastards win." Her courage to connect with her own experience and earlier selves and memories, is a formidable example to others how our shared humanity can be accessed through images and the arts.
Thank you, Lynda Barry.
I am a huge fan of this book however. It's part stream-of-consciousness journaling, part structured narrative, and part guidebook for the reader to use in exploration.
The journals are interesting, especially as segues between the narrative. The story in the narrative is interesting, and really leads to the guidebook organically.
And the guidebook. I love the guidebook. It's part instruction, part inspiration, part exercise book. But it's gorgeous, and messy, and invigorating. While generally lumped in with other comics/graphic novels, this book goes beyond simply storytelling. It's a call to make things, to explore ideas, memories, and feelings. It's awesome. I love it.
The book is subtitled "Do you wish you could write" and it was created to help HER students where she teaches in finding that magical space that allows one to write from unhindered, unedited and bountiful space BUT the process can be applied to any type of artistic or creative work you want to do but don't know how to channel your muse. Its the cure for those blank page/blank canvas/blank stage blues.
Although her art is brilliant it can be a bit overwhelming with all of the tiny details so I do recommend getting the workbook "Syllabus" (recently published by Barry as well) to help guide you through the process. Its such an enjoyable way to reconnect with ones creative side and if for some reason her process is not for you well then, if nothing else comes of it, it is one hell of a coffee table art book.
With a brush in the right hand, and a pencil on the left, the multi-eyed monster on the back cover spoked, "Welcome to writing the unthinkable". That's the essence of this book created by Lynda Barry, putting vivid imagination onto paper.
What It Is is a scrapbook that's filled to the brim with sketches, coloured illustrations, collages, comics, autobiographical writing, random thoughts and even a bit on creative writing.
Every page is elaborately decorated, an exploration into the unknown realms of imagination. And every page is just fun to look at.
This book is creativity and self expression, great for flipping through when you're feeling random or looking for inspiration.
I'll give this book two thumbs (drawn with smiley faces) up.
By the way, What It Is won the 2009 Eisner award for Best Reality-Based Work, but I didn't know that when I bought it. It's also one of the top 100 books picked by Amazon editors for 2008.
(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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