Withdraw – An Explanation

withdraw one thru three

On October eighth I created and shared ‘Withstand,’ which, in many ways, was a follow up / continuation of ‘Without‘ and ‘Within.’ ‘Withstand‘ consisted of one hundred eleven black and white images with a few concise lines of writing at the beginning and the end of the post. I took a few days off after that one, and, to be completely honest, was not entirely sure what the future of Fictional Machines would be- Or if there would even be one at all.

During that time my life was in absolute turmoil and I was moving and setting up a new studio to work in. When I finally sat down to create again I approached the creativity like it was a stranger- Some mysterious, shadowy character sitting quietly in the corner of the room that I was meeting for the first time. I spent a few hours on a couple of images that evening that turned out fairly abstract and obscure- And I was not happy with how they looked at all.

I was trying to fall asleep in a darkened bedroom full of cardboard boxes when a poem of sorts began to overtake my frustrated thoughts. I remember jumping out of bed and finding something to write the words down on before they were lost. Those words still exist today as broken fragments that were used as the twenty titles for ‘Withdraw.’ When they are properly arranged [In order] it looks like this:

eve /

broken deceiver /

heartless observer /

of the dead / and the dying /

empty vessels / you consume /

an awareness / of guilt /

and captivity / bondage /

cursed / because of you /

thorns and thistles /

back to the ground /

for you are dust /

and to dust /

you shall return /

withdraw four thru six withdraw seven thru nine withdraw ten thru twelve withdraw thirteen thru fifteen withdraw sixteen thru eighteen withdraw nineteen and twenty original writing & original artwork by j. e. lattimer

© 2013 j. e. lattimer all rights reserved




22 thoughts on “Withdraw – An Explanation

    1. Thank you, Ute! Yes, I am rapidly approaching some sort of normalcy, which is really nice. I am a creature of habit, so when my routine is thrown out of the window it messes me up! [Hugs back] Thanks for the support & have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you so much- Yes, me too! I really don’t know where I’d be without the creativity, it is the only way I know to work through different challenges in life without pulling my hair out! Thanks for the comment, keep up the great work & enjoy the day! 🙂

  1. You are SUCH a creative spirit! I like learning about what’s behind your posts like this.. more personal 🙂 it’s nice. If anything this change gives you a chance to explore yourself again even though that can be scary.

    1. Thank you very much, Anouchka! I know what you mean, but freedom is always scary [And exciting]- I think it almost has to be that way! I hope everything is well in your area of the world- Take care! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Jen! This series / set was quite a departure from the stuff I usually share on fictional machines, so I am both relieved and happy that you enjoyed it! Thanks for all of the support [And I think the work / the posts are just going to be pouring out of the new studio at a fast and furious pace from this point on!]. 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, my friend! Things [In general] are actually going better than I expected by this point in time- I have gone too far down the path to turn back, anyway- The way out is through! Thanks, though- And I hope that everything is going great over there! Take care, Richard!

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