June 18, 2014

Photo Credit:

Wes Craven

Location: Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

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Artist’s Work:

Wes Craven

Location:

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Medium:

Film Directing

Born on August 2, 1939, in Cleveland, Ohio, Wes Craven went on to direct horror films like Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes and Swamp Thing before helming the infamous Nightmare on Elm Street. He scored another major hit with SCREAM, which sparked the phenomenal trilogy and was the winner of MTV’s 1996 Best Movie Award and grossed more than $100 million domestically, as did SCREAM 2 (1997). Craven has also directed the school drama Music of the Heart and thriller Red Eye, and done TV work.

Consenses Interview with Sally Taylor:

1. Without tasting the tea, what do you remember about it?

Dry, grass-like.

2. If you had to choose one word to sum up the tea what would it be?

Foreboding.

3. What emotion did it elicit?

Longing for a sweeter day.

4. Take me through your process a little (from getting the tea to your creation or anything you want to share).

Got the tea. Knew I should drink it right away. Procrastinated. Hated myself for procrastinating. Finally drank it during the Christmas Holidays, always a dreadful time for me. Reminded me of burlap, which reminded me of a time long ago. Began writing without censoring, always dangerous. Pushed send before I could self-redact.

5. What did you title your work and why?

Something about vanishing, can’t remember. That’s what I wanted to do at the time.

6. What part of your work came to you first?

Too dark to say.

7. How do you normally create? How was this experience different?

There isn’t a single thing that’s normal about the way I create. I don’t know where it comes from, and if it can’t be more predictable, I’d prefer it stayed away. But it won’t. Nor will it be predictable. It laughs at me when I say that to it. It’s like a cat, only a lot bigger.

8. Are there certain choices you made which mean something specific to you that the observer might not know?

Yes, and by god the observer isn’t going to be told what those things are.

Extra credit: Did you enjoy this project?

More you want to say about your experience? I prefer eating glass, but I was happy to do it for you. I was brought up on a steady diet of broken glass, and if I’m without it for more than a few days, I get cranky.

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