You should be reading a proper process post, but we’re months away from when I last sat down and watched ‘The Wicker Man’, so my memory is a bit hazy on the whole affair. The Nic Cage remake had me laughing on the floor for a good 10 minutes; the original, 1973 classic from Robin Hardy (which this is about) stuck to such a degree that the last dream I can remember having involved me and these two asking a parade of mask-wearing pagans if they’d seen a girl named Rowan Morrison.
Instead, I’ve unearthed a few scraps that go a long way towards explaining just what’s going on under the hood in this poster. It’s hard not to be conscious of the fact that the last 40 years of imagery advertising this film has been, for the most part, centered around the large, burning effigy referenced in the title. And with that, recognizing that people become deeply attached to the familiar. Rocking that boat without a modest explanation is usually a recipe for, at best, a misunderstanding of intentions. At worst, people call you names on the internet. I’m hoping to avoid some of the former.
Below is an excerpt from an email I’d sent to a friend, which sums up best what I was aiming to do. A lot of those early thoughts were worked out in a sketch which, what do you know, is also below.
As for Wicker Man, the poster pulls from a lot of different places, but the main thrust plays off of the Christian story of the serpent offering an apple from the tree of knowledge and the consequences that come from taking that deceptive offering. It felt like it synched up with so much that was going on throughout the film. Howie is a devout Christian who, after being deceived and learning the truth about Summerisle, finds himself cast out of the world, alone in a burning effigy, crying out for God. The island of Summerisle is famous for it’s apples, stemming from an earthy crunchy set of beliefs. That society is ultimately rotten, however, given the foundations that it’s based on. The fish mask on the snake is a nod to the final act of the film which, well…is more than a little bizarre.
UK Quad screenprint. On sale tomorrow from FrightFest Originals.
Alex Griendling, telling it like it is. Validation from within, not outside.
Made for Ltd. Art Gallery’s current exhibition this month. 12x18, giclee, edition of 10. On sale here.
I think what you get in awards is favoritism. I mean, people can say, “Oh, my favorite movie was ‘Annie Hall,’” but the implication is that it’s the best movie, and I don’t think that’s possible. I don’t think you can make that judgement. Except for track, track and field, you know, where one guy runs and you see that he wins, then it’s okay.Woody Allen
Four color 18x24 screenprint, edition of 50, now available online for $35 from Hero Complex Gallery
For Silver Screen Society’s two year anniversary, going on now. Those are actual bushes, the kind you find outside around real summer-camps. I swear.
I don’t want to do anything. I just want to focus on the subject in the simplest way possible.The Goodness of Nothing
My Doctor Who inspired screenprint. 18x24, edition of 50. Custom TARDIS blue ink. Available here for $25