CCFA Artist Residency in Corning Iowa
Rural towns present such a contrast to life in a large metropolis and this causes a disjuncture that is not unpleasant but rather dreamlike and maudlin at the same time. There is something very reminiscent of rural life Kansas as portrayed in the "Wizard of Oz," my first scary film as a kid so long ago and one that has shaped a certain absurd or irrational perception i have about life in the USA along with many others like "The Big Chill" and "Taxi Driver" to name only a few! This sense is also conveyed cleverly by John Mellencamp in his song, "I was born in a small town." These perceptions are black and white, distorted and exaggerated of course but strangely welcome at the same time. A bit like a fish out of water but i welcome this feeling of the unfamiliar expressed so aptly by Brene Brown when he said "Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change." It's like being a participant in a surreality, (one of many), understanding that it's mine to walk through and enjoy each of them for a short time ...
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