Washington, D.C. — It's funny how often you forget to watch music videos, even though they enhance your appreciation of a song. I listen to the Swedish band Little Dragon a lot on Spotify while I work, but I never think to watch their videos. Recently, I recommended the band to someone and in looking up their song Twice, I stumbled upon this amazing video. As a child, I always loved shadow puppets and silhouettes, so to see this haunting song transformed into a lyrical piece of puppet theatre was wonderful. It's such a beautiful and melancholic film full of subtle details.
I really like Kara Walker's silhouette art, so I created this envelope using a similar technique. The illustration was drawn and filled in with black sumi ink, so there was a nice sheen on the black surfaces of the envelope when held up to the light. It's a different sort of shadow puppet play depicting a childhood scene of the lazy days of summer.