Every Lone Wolf Has a Moon

Equal and opposite: a story.

"Every Lone Wolf Has a Moon" is a story about two opposite entities that exist in union. The lone wolf and the moon are individual by nature yet not the same without each other. They speak in different forms (sound and light), yet form a perfect bond. This is a metaphor for the paradox of yearning for both independence and union: of two beings (or qualities) who can't exist as is without the other, yet desire to be alone. It is a mutual understanding that is what unites them and makes them 'perfect opposites.'

The story is also a thought painting of the inherent beauty of perfect opposition which exists in both metaphor and form. By painting two opposing images with words: one of a night sky merging with city lights and the other of a wet road reflecting a gray, cloud-filled sky, there is synergy between this metaphor and form. Speaking each one of the opposing qualities by name emphasizes that beauty of opposites exists in language well. Just as the city lights meets the starry sky, so too does: the earth meet sky, artificial meet natural, and microcosm meet macrocosm. The same is true of the mirror images of the open road reflecting the gray sky, and the same binary pairs are encountered (earth-sky, artificial-natural, micro-macro).

I believe there to be beauty in isolating these patterns in language, in imagery and form. Just as we see symmetry in the physical earth, so too can we see this symmetry in mental models or patterns through which we find meaning. In the age of the internet, classification, tagging, and information hierarchy are the building blocks to networks and navigation. When images collide with inherently opposite qualities this idea of the union of opposites meets the intangible work of the mind.

 

Performed: May 7th at the the Collage Festival in Underground Arts at the Wolf Building.

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