Wednesday, February 26, 2014


This is the second spread in the If Walls Could Talk journal.  Perhaps the boy is contemplating his sister who was unable to go to school because of the Taliban control over their village.  If you have read the novels Kite Runner or A Thousand Splendid Suns, you have breathed in the flavor of what is like to live  in Afghanistan, living in a world of very tight control.

The burned cutout on the left hand side of the spread shares the mirror image of the boy on the right.  In the workshop we were asked to give a gift to the person on our right.  My "gift" of ephemera was the black piece of roofing paper with the white mark on it seen on the right side of the spread.  Thanks again Laurel.


anonymous said...

The peephole is great for carrying you through the journal. Love the reds.

Brian Kasstle said...

John, this is such a wonderful spread. It was such a gift to see it come to life. I particularly love the left side.