[NIGHT WATCH]Anonymous asked you: November 4th 2013, 12:01:00 am · 5 months ago I’m scared to be alone with my thoughts so I don’t let myself sleep until I’m too tired to think anything
I created this short narrative a couple months ago, but I finally feel ready to share it with you. Despite its length, making this was a laborious process and took me quite some time to put together.
(media: charcoal, graphite and digital)
This story is personal to me, but you can interpret it whatever way you please.
Bernadette the Brave
Bernadette gets lost and scared in a crowd when life is too much. She imagines that the swarms of people around are a forest of trees to cope.
As she walks through the imagined trees, she sees they all have unique faces like the people in the crowd.
Bernadette comes across one in particular with a doorknob. It beacons to her with a golden light. She opens the face and climbs inside.
There she finds a golden world.
This world is wonderous, as if it was made just for Bernadette. It is a place of serenity, safety curiosity, and beauty.
However, back in the forest of faces, danger awaits. Another has found his way into Bernadette’s mind. The danger wields an axe and finds the tree with the golden world.
As he takes his axe to Bernadette’s tree, everything within her world splits, including her body. But from her body comes the source of the golden light. Bernadette holds the power to fight back.
This is your world. You may be small, and It’s okay to be afraid. But know that when fear is crippling and invades your heart, you hold the ultimate power to fight back and conquer.
Audrey Benjaminsen 2014
for those who need some reminding that dot eyes and noodle limbs and faux-naive styles aren’t a recent thing, here are some of the illustrators that I grew up with who have always inspired me.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1943
Quentin Blake, 1964
Dr. Seuss, 1957
Edward Gorey, 1990s
Ludwig Bemelmans, 1942
Jules Feiffer, 1961
Eric von Schmidt, 1988
William Steig, 1960s
James Thurber, 1932
James Stevenson, 1972
Feel free to add your own!
The Library is described exquisitely, with mathematical detail. For readers who have trouble with the math in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this fairy tale also offers a sensation of dread. The Library does not represent completely incomplete beauty and madness: it is completely incomplete beauty and madness. And Borges’s language is everyday — the story is a municipal prayer. To say the world is an infinite library and we are mad pilgrims destined for beauty and failure is not to say an occult thing, but a real thing. Fairy tales are real; the Library of Babel is real. It’s a real story, that is.
— Kate Bernheimer
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