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"The Cadence of Stupidity"
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For the last four years I have been involved in a series of works that I call "The Cadence of Stupidity". This is a focus of works that draw from the original Pinocchio story written in 1870 by Carlo Collodi, a writer of children's story. The works tell of the relationship between the Blue Haired Fairy and Pinocchio. The works are an amalgamation of other references as well: a combination of the Italian Baroque, the 19th century male invention of woman as whore/goddess, and my personal dealings with self deprecation.

These works are not actually illustrations of the Collodi story, instead they are inventions of possible fictions. The later works also deal with Pinocchio's want to be something he is not He denies his origin and strives for a life that we assume has a happy ending. Also the fact that Pinocchio (the man) will grow old and die and will be survived by the Blue-haired fairy (the female) is the way of our world. Woman survives man and tells the story of man from the woman's point of view.

The works are very layered and have many possibilities of interpretation. "Service at the Villa" is a piece that takes place long after Pinocchio has died. The Blue Haired fairy rests on a mound of dirt remembering Pinocchio. Her dress has a memory of Pinocchio which depicts his awareness of the tree that is his origin. She is unaware that below where she sits and below the strata rests the head of poor Pinocchio, his light no longer lit.

In "What Tool Must I Use ( to separate the earth from the sky)" the costumed Pinocchio sits as a sage who tells the story of how he was once a young dunce in the world of man. At once we notice that the head of Pinocchio is actually a headdress that is worn by a young girl: the survivor and holder of the telling of the myth and legend.

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