A hand-drawn chalkboard animation by Alette Simmons-Jimenez using line to record bitstream type memories of a recent road trip in search of early childhood roots. This work was conceived for The Drawing Project, Frost Art Museum, FIU. Visit the website drawingproject.frostartmuseum.org/hush-the-sky/.
From the very beginning drawing was a tool that allowed us to record a memory, an image, a sensation, or an experience... something we didn't want to forget. I lived in Northern Italy as a baby during the time they call “your most formative years”. The first words I learned to speak were in Italian. Only recently I have been able to travel back and I have been startled by the immediate visceral connection. I drove from Milan to the lakes of Northern Italy, on to a tiny town in Switzerland, and back through mountain peaks, marble quarries, ragged ocean cliffs, through Florence into vineyards in the heart of Tuscany.
“Hush The Sky“ is a hand-drawn animation using line to record random memories of the journey.
The stream of images comes together on a chalkboard, in real time, with markings and erasures. The designs and patterns, culled from my personal experiences and snap shots, link back and forth, from nature to the built environment – from Medieval to Modern. Beginning with a wish I made, blowing the delicate seeds of a dandelion into the wind, the animation follows memories as they jump into consciousness.
The audio portion is the actual sound recorded while drawing/erasing, with the distortions that occurred during editing.