The Sandman and Pareidolia
This one is for all the pareidolia fans out there. Have you noticed the myriad of faces hiding in the edits of the 365 Project? I sure have! I haven't made the faces a major focus in weekly themes yet, and this week seemed like the perfect week to start. I've always had a penchant for finding patterns of people and animals in tiled floor, textured walls, clouds, you name it. I became even more aware of this ability after my first visit to the Salvador Dali museum in St. Pete, FL back in 2010. Every cloud was filled with wild imagery as I rode a wave of inspiration home.
In 2011 I happened upon a Vietnam veteran in St. Augustine, FL at the visitor information center who went by the name of Sandman. There was a little market set up outside, and he was selling his ink drawings for whatever you wanted to give him. I was immediately drawn to them. The pages were completely FILLED with faces, and they were all interconnected. There was only one drawing that had a single face on it called "Genie," which I bought.
Anytime I had the good fortune of making a trip to St. Augustine I would always stop and buy one of his drawings, giving him $20-$40 depending on how flush I was. He was delightful to chat with and always seemed genuinely interested in how I was doing. I loved him dearly! Altogether I bought 6 drawings from him, one of which he signed thanking me for the light. Sadly I have not seen him since 2013, and do not know what became of him. I sincerely hope he is well and in peace. Here are some shots of his work.
These faces are incredible and, in some instances, quite haunting. I was incredibly inspired by his work and his background in the Vietnam War. I never got the chance to learn his story, so I can only speculate as to what he went through based off these drawings and where he was in life when I first met him. Given his Vietnam connection and the fact that this project is centered around an abstraction of a Vietnam veteran's memorial, Week 40 is dedicated to the Sandman and all Vietnam veterans. As you go through each image see if you can find the silhouettes of soldiers, haunted faces, whispering mouths. Those are the images I saw as I went through my edits this week. You may see something completely different! That is the beauty of differences in perception, and sharing it through artistic mediums. Please leave your commentary below. I'd love to know how you perceive each edit. Looking forward to sharing more with you next week. Thank you for your support.