Monday, 17 January 2011

"ONE" by Metallica

Forgive my neglectfulness recently. My health not being what it should recently did not permit me to pay due attention to my blog, however this mutiny on board this vessel I call my body is at an end.

I give you my finished drawing using lyrics from Metallicas powerful song "ONE". I used the lyrics themselves to form the picture. It's amazing how powerful words can be and I didn't want to lose that, so I put them in. A limbless body with disconnected veins and arteries where his arms and legs once were, eyes and mouth sewn shut and ears no longer of any use. A lot of planning was involved in word placement and making everything fit. Most of the picture was completed in a single non stop 8 hour sitting which was exhausting!

Lyrics are from the song itself but also includes parts from the music video which includes footage from Dalton Trumbo's film Johnny Got His Gun (1971), telling the tale of a soldier whose body is severely damaged by a mortar shell. His arms, legs, eyes, mouth, nose and ears are gone and he is unable to see, speak, smell, or hear. His mind functions perfectly, however, leaving him trapped inside his own body.
But I also think it speaks to many people as a metaphor, expressing that inner scream we want to let rip when we feel unheard and powerless...