REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
"I always thought you were the most beautiful girl I ever seen. Somebody like you could really make things all right for me." - Harry Goldfarb
I first saw Requiem For A Dream when I was in highschool. I was about 14 at the time - and although quite the "horror aficionado" at that point, to which I believed no film could shake me - I had been proven wrong. Requiem sat with me for quite some time afterwards. Sat rotting in my gut. I couldnt tell if it made me sad, or angry, or scared but I knew all those feelings were happening.
Now, in my older years I deem the film pure poetry. Dark and controversial at times albeit beautiful as well. So many memorable moments in this film. So many things that stick with you. So you can imagine when it came time to do a print I couldnt determine exactly what it was I wanted to capture. I knew it had to be simple enough but capture the essence of the film, which has many angles and feelings and stories and rough edges.
I ended up sketching out the concept of blood cells floating about. Several of which have been tainted to a certain degree; diseased. This looming presence of an obnoxious needle point poised and ready to poison a specfic cell with our main characters Harry and Marion: sleeping sound in a loving embrace; caught up in love without the awareness of whats about to happen to them. The TV/static/white noise effect lending tribute to Sarah Goldfarbs obsession with television. Conveying lack of clarity.
This film is all about addictions, to put it bluntly, I think. Too much of anything can do you damage.
Love included. I tried my best to capture these factors in this piece.
24" x 18" SCREEN PRINT
WITH METALLIC & INKS
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