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Messy Thrilling Life: The Art of Figuring Out How to Live Paperback – August 31, 2004
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This is not a story about foiled plans and whats the use of trying anyway. This is precisely a story about making thingsmaking stories, making plans, making lists, and making lovein the face of the inevitable messiness we will encounter.
from the Foreword by Laurie Wagner
Sabrina Ward Harrison, creator of the stunning visual memoirs Spilling Open and Brave on the Rocks, now shares her vibrant new work, which continues her personal journey of growth and discovery. Through striking multimedia collages and prose that is raw and touching and refreshingly authentic, Sabrina explores aspirations, dreams, and commitmentand brings herself to the threshold of true independence.
In the summer of 2001, Sabrina moved from California to New York City, the place where, she felt, any serious artist must eventually wind up. The city struck her as exhilarating and daunting, a brilliant assault on the senses, a concrete landscape of hope and failure. Three months later the horror of September 11 unfolded a few blocks away. Like the rest of the world, Sabrina began to look outside herself with a new clarity and urgency. And on the horizon appeared a man who looked like The Onefriend, lover, life partner. With this relationship came larger, more complicated and unanswerable questions: Am I ready for marriage? Where does a career fit in? Does love mean losing my self? Does permanent mean forever? What will I never know about where Im going if I dont go?
Harrison reflects on her journey from starry-eyed innocent to responsible adult and expresses it with dazzling visuals and candid insights in Messy Thrilling Life. It is a singular book sure to resonate with readers who have laughed, wept, and grown along with her.
About the Author
SABRINA WARD HARRISON was born in Canada and lives in Northern California. She is the author of Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself and Brave on the Rocks: If You Don’t Go, You Don’t See. She continues to teach her workshops on “The Art of Becoming Yourself” throughout the world.
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By Cristina - See all my reviews
I bought "Spilling Open" because it was quite different from all the things out there at the time.
"Brave on the Rock" had interesting pictures.
"Messy Thrilling life" has only the introduction to recommend it,that's why i bought it.Whatever i thought to find in this book,it wasn't there.
It seem all the books of Ward Harrison could be in one volume,they are repetitive and show us that she has not grown as an artist.In my view,she never had potential as a writer,most of her book are quotes from other people,and i don't find inspiration in someone that seem to be dealing with the same issues over and over.
Whether you are interested in art journals or looking for inspiration for your own creative journals, there better books out there.
I doubt I will buy another of her books.
And I was utterly unbearably excited about this one. So I sat down with a nice rich hot chocolate and a spare hour..
The truth is though, I truly don't think this work is as good. Not to say I regret buying it or I wouldn't recommend it, but I suggest that people do not expect another 'Spilling Open.'
I feel like a lot of pages are wasted. There is a huge amount of photography, and some are truly beautiful works, but others are completely uninspiring and seem like page-fillers. What seems like endless pages of out-of-focus buildings and blocks of colours. This is particularly so with the first half of the book, though the second half does improve as she moves from New York.
Additionally, the other works contained a discernible story, or a gradual coming-of-age or at least, the progress of her life could be followed. This stops as quickly as it begins. The pages do not progress from each other and you get absolutely no sense of her and her common tribulations, which was what made the other books so divine. When she does write, the words are so close together and fumbled that it makes reading sentences somewhat difficult.
Sabrina seems to want to move into books of straight art rather than journals, and I am not suggesting that she revert to something that no longer appeals to her. Perhaps though, it should be remembered what was so appealing and original about the first books. If I wanted a book of photography, I could have found a million of those. If she wants to make an art or photography book, I just feel she shouldn't hide behind the guise of a journal, which this is really not.
It just seems very detached, far less intimate and colder than her previous works. Far less fumbling, but far far less appealing.