The Art of Travel is a videoscape born from an art retreat taken by two friends seeking inspiration in the natural beauty of the land and culture of New Mexico. Pop this description open for some work-in-progress & behind the scenes! ⌁
//before I begin, if you're new, Piquetures is an art channel, meant to showcase my own way of looking at the world. I encourage you to view more of my videos to understand the nature of my "videoscapes"//
Firstly, I must share my gratitude to my friends Angela and Del for their time and effort in helping to realize this project.
To Angela, whom has been one of my many artistic muses since our inseparable friendship back in middle school, for going on this retreat with me and always agreeing to help out in my million and one art projects. You've always pushed be to become better than what I could have been, and for that, I am eternally grateful beyond words. (@la.gelian | http://bit.ly/2d1HUdp )
To Del, whom I've only recently came to know through the wonders of YouTube and Instagram, for giving me this opportunity to create my first ever video project with custom music. And, more importantly, for her insurmountable support in the recent months when I've struggled with my art and life. (@yakulrts | http://bit.ly/2FoWzNz )
Please check out their page and send some love to them for me - it would mean the world. 💖
A while back, my friends Sherry (@xxsherry | http://bit.ly/2ouq20u ) and Christina (@seekayseee | http://bit.ly/1Y9HdRq ) recommended me to take a trip to New Mexico because, supposedly, it was unlike anywhere else they'd traveled to. They knew, because of our shared passion and love of art, that I would fall in love with just how art-centric the culture was. Reflecting on my time out in the desert state, I must say, The Land of Enchantment truly lived up to its name. Even though Texas and New Mexico share a few stereotypes, New Mexico is indeed a world of its own.
When Angela and I set out for our road trip West, we already knew we wanted to create some sort of videoscape from the experience. What we didn't know was what it would be about. Wes Anderson had been on my mind recently, probably because I had just watched a trailer for his new film The Isle of Dogs, and I felt compelled to create something with a strong art direction. I brought the idea up to Angela and she took the game to the next level -- inquiring about details like storyline and character color scripts. Character color scripts!! For goodness sake, girl, we're just trying to make art from the footage of a trip, not film a full-on production! But color script we did (because we're extra like that). We've always been drawn to primary colors (for example, see our 3 minute hand animated short film Vade Mecum here: http://bit.ly/Vade_Mecum ) and wanted that to be a prevalent visual theme. Ultimately, it added that element of cohesion we were looking for, annddd it also helped us to easily plan outfits for our entire trip! ✨
Arriving back home after a week's worth of adventure in November 2017, we were no closer to figuring out what our art product would be than when we first set off. All we knew was that, if possible, we wanted to create a flatlay of the items we took with us on our trip as inspired by boards we'd seen on pinterest ( http://bit.ly/2CE93Oz ). Then Christmas season rolled around and I began working on the official relaunch of this channel, focusing all my energy into creating my "the girl with eight names." ( http://bit.ly/piques_names ) video, and this project got swept under the rug.
But, thankfully so, because around New Years I discovered that Del produced her own music! I couldn't believe it! It had always been on my creative bucketlist to one day collaborate with a music producer. I wasn't sure how serious she was when I casually brought up the idea of having her create the track for this video, but when she asked me for more details on the project, I knew this would be great. And thus our production team grew from 2 to 3 people.
A little over a month of endless meetings and revisions later… we present to you The Art of Travel, named after the book Angela lent me to read by Alain de Botton during the trip itself -- our journey to find new beginnings in New Mexico.
For a deeper look into the entire creation process, you can Read More here - http://bit.ly/ArtOfTravelWIP
Personal Favorite Videoscapes -
☁️ soundcloud | http://bit.ly/sound_piques
📸 instagram | http://bit.ly/insta_piques
✨ side channel |http://bit.ly/andpostcards
🖊 blog | http://bit.ly/tumblr_piques
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Jill Peet/@jillaffe: https://bit.ly/2LSd72h