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When Bill Faust saw the “girl in the red coat” in his college history class, little did he realize that 20 months later it would lead to a marriage that would create three children, last 44 years, and take them from Phoenix to Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. The foundation of their story rests on the cards, notes, and letters they exchanged. It is the story of shared values, the joy of laughing together, and doing what it takes to keep love alive and a marriage last. It will make you laugh, make you cry and, as Bill illustrated in a short poem that was written after Pat died, to appreciate the daily opportunity that life brings to each of us. The poem is titled Today: I died a little bit today, One cell gone from here or there, One less tomorrow left to share, Today, was it worth dying for, Today?
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This particular painting was conceived and conjured up under direct influences of vivid
memories and persistent dreams. Revealing a tapestry of myth manifesting in symbolic and
metaphoric images of my energetic youth residing within my modern frame of reference. Each
visual element crescendoing into a calypso of excitement felt by a young youth experiencing all
the modern pleasures of an American living in the 90’s and fusing of summer Hopi social butterfly
The representational yet abstract nature is a result of the marginalizing effects of occurring in
two worlds with opposing worldviews. In this way demonstrating the resilience of our
grandparents to maintain ancient rituals as the people evolve. For instance, the folk tails and
myths are transforming as the people evolve. The environment transforms the culture and we
respond to it while the stories shape. Transforming to the situation of the people. A
phenomenon that echoes throughout all Native culture and arts.
The central image was taken from a turn of the century Edward Curtis photo of a young man
from the village of Moenkopi on Third Mesa, Arizona. The image was found in the Library of
Congress archives. What initially garnered my interest was how striking the individual appeared
in the photograph. His attire was really an intriguing relic of the past causing me to wonder
about the young man’s life in his utilitarian dress up. With little information about the person’s
life, my thoughts began to wonder.
These relics from the past must be brought through a transformation and assimilated into the
qualities of today. Into the new possibilities, into the new vision of the universe. these must
be kept alive. Artist sole duty and function is the mythologization of the environment and the
world. the myths of the old must be regenerated if they’re going to have any impact.