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Here’s to Celebrating the Voices in Your Head:
an Explanation of Intent
Personal commentaries should read like notebooks— almost honest and out of breath, a partial view of the whole, in a sense capturing the writer’s voice for a brief moment in time. In other words, a stream of consciousness. Or a self portrait composed of a variety of phrases. My journals are like this, little unrealities changing radically from month to month, shifting with conflicting views and personal histories, run-on sentences and fragmented perspectives.
The intentions of my work serves mainly as a definition of myself—as an open portfolio describing who I am, or dissecting the personality in thin layers until the ultimate core is reached —but you see, already my statements are not explaining anything, they only talk at the reader with the expectation that the words would be harvested like fruit into baskets.
My writing and drawing styles continually meander through many changes and influences. Among the artists: Medieval Illuminations, German Expressionists, Frans Masereel, Frida Kahlo, Gustav Klimt, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Rene Magritte, Mark Rothko, Maurice Sendak, Laurie Anderson, and Jenny Holzer. Among the writers: Cyrus Cassells, Mark Doty, Kenny Fries, Susan Mitchell, Lynda Hull and Virginia Woolf.
Obviously, with such a wide spectrum it remains difficult to define my artistic intentions, as necessary as these statements are.
My poems and paintings exist as a collection of voices and moods. They explore mystical concepts, like medieval texts or tarot cards. Casual scenes heighten with dream-realities and senses of color, taking a step away from waking life. In the end, a greater involvement between viewer and image is created, allowing for the creation of private myths and personal symbols for explanations and clarifications.
David-Glen Smith's drawings and prose have been published in a variety of journals across the United States including such cities as Minneapolis, St. Louis, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Over the past fifteen years he served as instructor, graphic designer, editor, and illustrator. A painting completed in 1996 was utilized as a cover design for a performance-art text book. Likewise, in 2005, a series of children’s books utilized his graphic design techniques.
Currently residing in Cypress, Texas he is working on a manuscript of acrylic paintings accompanied with prose. David-Glen Smith was born in Bryan, Texas. He received a MFA from Vermont College at Norwich University in Montpelier, Vermont and a MA in English/American Literature from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.