The Mime-al Scream / The Primal Scream

"The Mime-al Scream"

Five weeks ago I was the recipient of this Digital Sculpture by email.  Mark Teasdale is the Artist who sent it to me with little explanation.  I was affected immediately by its peculiar expression and all that was held back so I wrote this reply;

The “Hand Mime” is pretty damn powerful!!! A lot could be sourced and written about this new non-communicator who can pack a punch.  A peculiar-looking hand-man with a skeptical gaze from recessed eyes.  He’s split in two and can’t make himself heard; he’s up in the air.  The ‘skin’ over the face makes him appear young and old at one and the same time. Fantastic work!  It would be keen to hear what other people’s reactions are to this.

An Award-Winning body of work can be found at the link below; most recent being Canada’s 2010 Olympic Ceremonies in Vancouver B.C.

Mark Teasdale’s Photostream – Flickr

Let’s take a glimpse now at “The Scream”.

Edvard Munch  (Excerpt from Munch’s journal in 1892)

“I was walking along the road with two friends.  The sun was setting.  I felt a tinge of melancholy.  Suddenly the sky turned blood-red.  I stopped, and leaned against the railing, deathly tired, looking out across the flaming clouds that hung like blood and a sword over the blue-black fjord and town. My friends walked on.  I stood there, trembling with fright. And I felt a loud, unending scream piercing nature.”

An agonized figure wails against a blood red skyline.  It has been said to symbolize modern man taken by an attack of existential angst.

What do these two works have in common?   There are clouds in both skies and each figure presses a hand against their face.  The mime eyes are narrowed and the mouth is merely a split.  The other figure has thrown his eyes wide open and his mouth is pulled apart by a scream.

It’s my guess that the two pieces are closely related to the speculation of human angst. The times that we feel overcome with it all and can’t take it any more.

What do you think?  Open for discussion…send in a comment!

Copyright © 2010 Nicole Rigets

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