Cold Snow Wind

April 23, 2010 at 9:30 am 2 comments

Posted by: PMurphy
Book: One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
(purchase on Amazon)

“I can smell the snow in the wind where it blows down off the peaks.”

Hey!  What’s new?  Is that thing that happened with that guy all straightened out?  Okay, good.

Well, last time, my drawing focused on the tension that is ever present between McMurphy, the patients and Nurse Ratched.  Chief Bromden looks on and cannot decide which side he is on.  He wants to see someone defeat Nurse Ratched and the Combine.  However, every time he has witnessed someone try, they end up in the disturbed ward or become one of the Chronics (the patients that are basically comatose and considered failures of the system).

I decided to show one of the quiet moments when Chief Bromden is day dreaming or getting lost in the “fog”.  He is sweeping along and a visiting doctor is talking with some of the resident boys.  The doctor stops to point out that the Chief is deaf (which he isn’t, it’s just an act).  Chief Bromden says, “He gives me a look like I’m some kind of bug.”  Ignoring the doctor and his subordinates, he walks up to a painting and imagines that he is in the landscape, experiencing the fresh air and calm surroundings.

Hope you enjoy!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sbosma  |  April 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I really like how you’re blurring the division between actual environments and thematic abstraction on these pieces. Stuff like the gears behind the wall and all that business around the chief’s legs…really cool.

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  • 2. Kali Ciesemier  |  April 27, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Yeah, I was just thinking about how your pieces for this book are like little visual puzzles…it’s really interesting to try and interpret and decode the symbolism. Awesome!

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