My mixed media collage, My Inner Critic, is on display from April 2 through April 27, 2013 at the Newark Arts Alliance as a selection in the "Me, Myself, and I" juried exhibition.
|My Inner Critic by JM Reinbold (2012)|
My Inner Critic, a mixed media collage, was created in response to my feelings during the revision of my short story, The Future of Flesh, for the anthology Zippered Flesh 2: More Tales of Body Enhancement Gone Bad (Smart Rhino Publications, 2013).
Being a perfectionist, I have a very stern inner critic. Can you see the “Are you kidding me? Get back to work. NOW!” look she’s giving me!
During the revision process, I ripped the story apart. And, for far too long it just seemed like a big mess. But slowly, I began to stitch it back together. Apropos, I suppose, given the book’s title!
The background is an original manuscript page marked in red pen by my editor. Barely visible at the top are tear stains. At one point, I was so sure I would not be able to make the story work, I wept in frustration over the manuscript. The red ink splatters are the story bleeding from my Inner Critic’s persistent and unrelenting scalpel. In the end, a story that began as a draft of over 9,000 words was honed and polished to a finished piece and the required length of approximately 5,000 words. It was a painful, but ultimately gratifying process.
You can see more of my collage art (and other art) and read some of my writings on my website The Many Worlds of JM Reinbold.
My son, Justynn Tyme, also had a picture selected for the "Me, Myself, and I" exhibit. His picture, This Is
|Justynn Tyme with his pen and ink drawing "This Is |
The "Me, Myself, and I" exhibition runs from April 2 until April 27. Please stop in an view all the wonderful art that is part of this show.
For more information about the show visit the "Me, Myself, and I" exhibition page on the Newark Arts Alliance website.
When you stop by the gallery to see the show, make sure to check out the exhibition book (in the gallery) which contains statements from all the artists about their work in the "Me, Myself, and I" show. The artists' statements are informative, fascinating, and educational!