What do you do with a large blackboard space and a lot of chalk? Well, you create a “mural” with all of the words that catalog your fears, like fear of losing luggage, fear of losing memory, fear of a terrorist attack….I can think of hundreds, like fear of falling off a 16′ ladder extension ladder strapped to a 12′ high step ladder while restoring the faux stone finish on a 17′ high vaulted ceiling. Never want to do that again! My body was aching for days, especially my neck and shoulder from the strain and my calves from the tension of just trying to maintain balance. You don’t realize when you’re up there how every muscle in your body tenses.
I would think Brian Rea’s creative process would be quite a cathartic exercise. It actually sounds like fun and a great stream-of-conscious, brainstorming, doodle. I don’t know if I’d call it a mural, but a mural can tell a story so therein, I suppose it is a mural of words — similar to other textual – word mural/ artwork posts that I’ve written.
On the opposite wall, he painted a UFO mural called Visions, using a chalk layout and then white paint similar to the process he used for the Fears mural. This reminds me where is that V show this season? I’ve been waiting….