Sunday, November 1, 2009

Bringing Halloween and Frankenstein to Life


This marked our second Halloween is Argentina. An interesting facet of living abroad is the loss of experiencing holidays as we know them, and the gain of a slew of holidays that are void of personal meaning. These "special" days combined with reversed seasons (summer in winter, etc.) are just enough to continually perpetuate the bizarro-world feeling that lies just under the surface of daily life. A kind of cultural limbo. We do our best to add some normalcy to the Holidays we grew up with. For our friends Jen and Tyler that meant carving watermelons. Yep. Pumpkins are out of season here so they found the next best thing. As for us, while there were a handful of expat halloween costume parties happening, we decided to avoid the thunderstorms that were drenching the city and just kick it inside. We threw Pulp Fiction in the DVD player and I set out to paint something that fit the occasion.

Say hello to "Frankie". Brought to life Halloween 2009.

Photo used as reference:
Boris Karloff as Frankenstein

Currently Reading:
Monkey Wrench Gang
by Edward Abbey

Currently Listening To:
Song: Borne On The FM Waves
Artist: Against Me! (myspace) (iTunes)

For more on how I first ended up in Buenos Aires check out the first post of Harmony and Dissonance.


Anonymous said...

Pretty sweet, Jimmy! I love the texture, and I'm a big Karloff fan. Big thumbs up. :)

Jimmy Danko said...

Thanks Jamie. I had no idea that was Boris Karloff in the photo either. I added that into the post, thanks for the tip.