Friday, May 1, 2009

Terrible Yellow Eyes

I don’t remember when I first read Where the Wild Things Are, but I do remember the feelings I had.

At the time I lacked the vocabulary to express those feelings and now, how ever many years later, I find myself in the same situation.

I'm fairly inarticulate when talking about the things I love most, especially the art of Maurice Sendak, and in particular his masterpiece, Where the Wild Things Are.

And that’s why I turn to pictures. I can let the drawings do the talking for me and I find that I can say visually what I mean, and express what I love.

The book has always been tremendously special to me. Truthfully, after I read it, it changed the way I looked at stories, drawing, picture books... everything. Discovering Maurice Sendak's work was, for me, one of those water-shed moments -- it helped me decipher what it was I wanted to do as an artist and it crystallized for me the sort of stories I love.

Simply put, Where the Wild Things Are has had a massive influence on me.

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What I've wanted to do for sometime is make a collection of paintings inspired by Where the Wild Things Are as a tribute and celebration of the book. And now with the release of the film later in the year, the world of Wild Things has opened even wider.

My goal for this project is really just that, expressing of my love for the story. None of the art has been done for any profit but has all been created out of admiration for Maurice Sendak and Where the Wild Things Are.

Over the coming weeks and months I'll display a growing collection of works created by invited contributing artists and myself. We share a love and admiration for Sendak's work and the pieces we present here are done as a tribute to his life and legacy.

Simply put, like a visual love letter to the book, with Terrible Yellow Eyes I am seeking to celebrate and promote the original masterwork by Maurice Sendak in the best way I know how -- with pictures.

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I have been taken in by Maurice Sendak’s terrible and wonderful monsters.

I love the anger, and the frightfulness, and the joy I find there.

I hope you will find something here as well.

-- Cory Godbey