pinocchio

the way a work of art evolves plays with its composition. it’s the story of how it comes to be and that story is woven into the details that enthrall the eye and mind.

pinocchio is special to me. its light pencil lines are a whisper. the mixed bag of body parts and faces hint at identity and the quest to get to the core. hushing, grasping, reaching and other intimacies soundlessly occur behind the whisper.

i honestly can’t recall the people who posed for this figure drawing session. what i do recall vividly is that i did not complete the work before the end of the session. as many an artist has done over the course of a lifetime, i had taken an uninteresting temp job at the time where i earned a whopping eight dollars and some change per hour. so i brought that unfinished work to my receptionist gig the next day and while i waited for the phone to ring, i set about finishing the piece.

i had to use what i had with me, and that’s how my left hand became part of the composition, complete with my lapis lazuli ring that mimics the stars in our precious galaxy.

pinocchio is asking:  who? how? now? with you?

pinocchio answers back:  me, quietly, yes and yes.

but is that pinocchio’s nose getting longer?

and what might that mean?

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