Friday, November 30, 2007

The Cover Story

The editor of the my memoir -- formerly known as Riding Lessons: Learning by the Seat of My Pants -- wrote "We'll be discussing possibilities for jacket art. Can you send me photos that might suggest directions for art? We would probably not want to use them on the jacket, but they could inspire ideas."

My reply?

I really like surrealism, and I think it the concept fits with an element of the underlying theme of the memoir. This is a piece from Joan MirĂ³, the Spanish artist. I realize such art is under copyright, but, if the Press has a graphic designer on staff, I would think a MirĂ³-themed drawing of a person moving through the world in a wheelchair would make an eye-catching cover.

Of course, if the marketing committee can believe a surrealistic representation would be suitable for the cover, the ultimate would be a graphic design of a wheelchair done in the style of Salvador Dali. Like most people who have never studied art, I am especially struck by his melting figures, the most famous of which are the clocks. Perhaps a melting wheelchair? Or, far more elaborate, an iron lung melting into a wheelchair?

Another artistic style that I find draws my attention is that which might be called primitive. Grandma Moses is the classic example, but many famous artists also published primitive work. The simple style, but easily recognizable figures, of Pablo Picasso's Don Quixote is an example, and might fit is the horse is transformed into a wheelchair.

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