How will I balance the opposing aesthetics, the 'realism' of the set and Jenny versus the cartoonyness of Nola? Why is Nola 'cartoony'? On the surface I think its my reaction to the media's portrayal of the city during the disaster, the way we were sort of caricatured, filtered through the media circus, which is I suppose how anyone feels when they are broadcast to the world through Fox News and CNN. Edited. Drawn. On a deeper more personal level, I think it has something to do with me not dealing with the events of the storm, that the events were very real but the damage inflicted, the effect on us and our city, hasn't become real for me yet. Post traumatic stress or denial, I'm not sure, but I think emotionally I'm still a cartoon...
Here are a few other reflections of Katrina in Jenny:
*Jenny herself with her spinning eye, obviously Katrina, the source of destruction, the storm on the horizon
*Nola is NOLA, New Orleans LA, the embodiment of the people
* pier=levee, rickety man-made protection from the waters
*Jenny at one point, in an overhead/birds-eye-view shot, will swim her way to the pier following Katrinas exact path to shore through the Gulf of Mexico, and the shore will be shaped like the gulf coast with the pier jutting out from where New Orleans would be on the map
*Jenny's behavior echoes the behavior of a hurricane, immensly powerful on water, deteriorating on land as she lacks the water's support....I see her movement on land as skeletal, broken, like Kayako on the stairs at the end of 'Juon The Grudge'
*the broken down fishing shack, painted a bright blue....at the time, I thought, 'Blue seems strange, but the film will be b&w, or at least highly desaturated, so it should have some subtly different shades of grey' Now I look at the shack with its blue roof and all I see is a run-down Katrina home. At the time I painted the bait shop piece, nearly every roof in the city had a bright blue tarp over it, a sign of roof damage. Subconsciously incorporated.
*there will be an old rotten fridge taped up outside the bait shop
*there will be a water-line on the shop showing the level of a past flood, another sort of surreal thing to see here, to stand on the corner of a neighborhood and scan down the block, it looks like a giant has taken a rust red crayon and drawn a straight line down the front of all the houses...