My latest obsession

April 3, 2007 at 9:51 pm (art, culture, interesting, life, thoughts)

Oh my god:


As I’m writing this, Jeff is watching a documentary about Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a movie – I have to admit – that has never really interested me in the least. It’s been quoted by so many artists so many times, it’s basically a cliche at this point.

But. There was just this interesting factoid on the documentary that I overheard as I was clicking away and answering emails: The aliens in the movie were all played by little girls, because Spielberg noticed how differently little girls moved vs how little boys moved.

Thinking about the latest “little girl” drawings I’ve done, this totally blew me away. It made me realize that there’s a whole level I’m sort of touching on, but not really embracing: figures in motion, rather than frozen. I’m kind of hugely into this idea right now. Why do little girls and little boys move differently, if we accept that they do?

Anyway. Just wanted to jot that down so I’d remember to come back to it this weekend. And I absolutely love this picture from the movie, probably more than I would ever love the movie itself.


1 Comment

  1. Andrew said,

    I wonder what age group this refers to. Mainly because when they’re little, sometimes you can’t tell them apart. When I was raising Baby One, we were all about not forcing roles on her by making everything she owned pink. This often times led people to say that I had a beautiful son when Baby One, a girl, was just wearing a denim jacket.

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