That would have been too easy

Due to the fact that I have the feeling a few things need to be set in order in my life currently, I started cleaning every corner of our home and sort a lot of things out a few months ago. We collected a lot of stuff over the years… But things finally get better!

While I’m wondering what the next step in my artistic career, I crawl a lot through old portfolios, some of them more then 15 years old when I just started to draw somewhat professionally. I also found a little book with analogue photographs from 2002 – I made them when I just began to study fine arts:

Early puppet sets by Jessica Koppe in 2002

Early puppet sets by Jessica Koppe in 2002

Early puppet sets by Jessica Koppe in 2002

Early puppet sets by Jessica Koppe in 2002

Early puppet sets by Jessica Koppe in 2002

I think it’s amazing how much these images contain almost everything that I’m working on today: storytelling, small worlds or stages, working with puppets…

I shot this images in my very first weeks at the Academy at the age of 21, and back then I wouldn’t ever think that I’m going work in animation one day. Well, I suppose I didn’t thought, but maybe I’d already known

Interestigly enough I study all the things that I’ve done before to find a clue what I want to do next. When I purchased a new book about mixed-media dollhouses just for sake of play, I remembered these pictures. They so much surprised me…

Did you ever have a similar experience? I’d love to hear them just to proof that my idea of us always already knowing the answer is right.


08. September 2012 by Jessica
Categories: Stuff | Tags: , , , | 5 comments

Comments (5)

  1. YES! Some are lucky enough to find their entire lives have been stretching, leading, growing towards their best potential all along without even realizing it consciously! Who is doing this? Our hearts? Our Souls? Destiny? Luck (for the prepared)?

    Something inside must know more than our minds do.

  2. “I do not know just how in childhood we arrive at certain images, images of crucial significance to us. They are like filaments in a solution around which the sense of the world crystallizes for us . . . They are meanings that seem predestined for us, ready and waiting at the very entrance of our life . . . Such images constitute a program, establish our soul’s fixed fund of capital, which is allotted to us very early in the form of inklings and half-conscious feelings. It seems to me that the rest of our life passes in the interpretation of those insights, in the attempt to master them with all the wisdom we acquire, to draw them through all the range of intellect we have in our possession. These early images mark the boundaries of an artist’s creativity. His creativity is a deduction from assumptions already made. He cannot now discover anything new; he learns only to understand more and more the secret entrusted to him at the beginning, and his art is a constant exegesis, a comment on that single verse that was assigned to him. But art will never unravel that secret completely. The secret remains insoluble. The knot in which the soul is bound is no trick knot, coming apart with a tug at the end. On the contrary it grows tighter and tighter. We work at it, untying, tracing the path of the string, seeking the end, and out of this manipulating comes art . . .”

    Bruno Schulz, from the Introduction to Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles

  3. Shelley, I guess, Strider gave us a food guess, where these information may come from… ;)

    Mike, thanks for sharing this text!

  4. Huh? What? A Food guess? Oh – I think you must have meant a good guess – yes, the f and g keys are right next to each other..

    You’re welcome – that quote has always struck me as quite profound (as well as showing the origins of the string and the ‘insoluable knot’ in Street of Crocodiles, which of course is based on Schulz’s writings). I didn’t want to have to get the book out and type it all out again (I once had this quote posted on my blog) but I searched the web and found where someone had taken it from my site and re-posted it (I can tell by the wording of the concluding sentence). Ah, the information-sharing of the internet is such a wonderful thing!

  5. Good guess, of course! (Stupid Keyboard!) ;)