Inspiration log: a 1950 film still, Tanamachi Studio, Sunday figure drawing, and Taming of the Shrew.
Inspiration log is my weekly collection of 5 things that have touched me creatively.
2) The hand lettering and pattern work of Dana Tanamachi
Some friends and I lined up at 6am on Saturday morning to get tickets to The Taming of the Shrew, performed by the Public Theater for the annual Shakespeare in the Park series. Because it was an all-female cast performing (what could easily be interpreted as) a misogynist play, it really cast into sharp relief the performative nature of gender-- how unbelievably well these women stood like men, talked like men, chest-bumped like men, commanded stage presence as men!
It combined cultural references and aesthetic elements into this strange, dream-like concoction-- early 20th century vintage style, trashy Texan circus/rodeo, Southern beauty pageant, Donald Trump, Shakespearean verse. But it worked. It worked well, and it made Shakespeare feel relevant to the times. It's made me appreciate the power of parody. When dealing with something one disagrees with, sometimes making a point means inhabiting it and taking it to an extreme. The last speech that Katherina gives - I think, unedited from the original - in which she renounces herself and encourages her peers to submit to their husbands - is hauntingly powerful. And full of irony.
5) Some indie songs I loved in high school
Eli, the Barrow Boy - The Decembrists
Jezebel - Iron and Wine
Personal - Stars
Most people have nostalgia for their college years, but I have nostalgia for high school. These songs remind me of sitting on the floor of an old hospital-turned-dormitory-school, listening to the sound of guitar strumming and feeling this sense of spacious contentment. We were sixteen, and already so serious.