by Amy Bassin and Mark Blickley
"Speaking in Bootongue" represents the visual and aural language used between the cities of the living and the cities of the dead.
Traditionally, the image of an empty boot denotes the loss of an esteemed leader. In Bootongue, the empty boot is a metaphor for traveling between these worlds of reality and extinction where individual sovereignty often surrenders to a metaphysical sphere of fantasy. This journey can lead to a hyperactive life of pure thought invisible to all but the participant. We consider it a gift that arrives towards the end of one’s life that grants an individual the time---free of corporeal distraction---to jettison the physical world in favor of a distinctive world built entirely upon imagination and memory; a terrible beauty rooted in fear, humor and wonderment.