strange artifact



This is probably the oldest piece of artwork by me in existence. It's actually a little 8-page booklet bound in the center with a piece of yellow yarn. The images shown are pages 2, 3 and 6. All other pages are pictures cut out and glued on the page. It was created in Sunday School class at Cedar Grove Baptist Church when I was 4 or 5 years old. I know it was before I started to school at age 6, and it seems too ambitious for a 3-year old, so I'm guessing 4 or 5, probably 5. Monie (pronounced MOE-NEE) was my grandmother who raised me, along with my grandfather Pappy and my dad. Monnie is spelled wrong. A couple of things are interesting about this booklet.

1. That is an amazingly accurate caricature of Monie! (I have no idea why she is looking slyly to her left)

2. That penmanship looks too good for a preschooler, but too bad for an adult! I'm assuming an adult transcribed for me? Or was I copying what an adult wrote? And did I actually dictate those sentiments, or did every kid in class write the same thing and just change the names?

3. What is that round thing in the sky? Sun, cloud and ... ???

I wish I could go in the Wayback Machine and witness exactly how this thing came to exist.

There's another card my brother made around here somewhere. I can't recall if it's a card or a booklet exactly, but I do know that the text on it says "To the dear mother of all", which sounds like a swear or some kind of war cry for jihad or something.

4 comments:

greg said...

Most little kids would have drawn the broad side of the barn. But not you, no, you had to draw it in perspective.

BTW, that third object is obviously the giant floating faceless head of death.

eeTeeD said...

but what is going on with the peanut comic?

Mark Martin said...

Nada. They keep saying yes yes we want to do it we just need to get everybody together but Dick is away and Jane is away and Sally is away...

It's all just globs in the lava lamp of life.

HemlockMan said...

When I was a wee lad, I used to draw folk looking out of the corners of their eyes. Because I'd seen such an illustration and it just looked cool, so I copied it. Perhaps you were doing something along those lines.