A dear and devoted mentor of mine, Walter Williams, recently (re)introduced me to the work of Diane Arbus. Walter’s friend and long-time collaborator Jim Wilson gave him a print of Arbus’ Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967 as a house-warming gift when Walter moved back home to New Orleans. When I first saw the image I immediately thought of Kubrick’s The Shining… and was a) happy to see a reference from one of my favorite movies/stories b) fascinated by the gaze of the girls c) impressed ab Walter’s shamless displaying of such a ‘strange’ work (according to some…). The very same print now sits above my ice box….
..and I’m feeling very drawn to and curious about Arbus…excitedly researching… driven by this inspiring start to another ‘school year’.