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Words of Traitors: 7 Lives in Transition

Words of Traitors: 7 Lives in Transition

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Published by James Curcio
"Beautiful!" -David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil, Dexter.)

In his most recent work, Words of Traitors: 7 Lives in Transition, transmedia artist and author James Curcio put together a creatively diverse, international team of artists, and collaborated with them in illustrating a collection of short stories. The premise of this project is memory, and how much our memories betray us all. ("Words of traitors.")

Our memories even construct our sense of identity. Each story comes from a fictional narrator, but is based out of a jigsaw of real memories. When we no longer want memories, they become fiction. The production process was a very intense alchemical process, much of which was documented behind-the-scenes on the Words of Traitors website. One might even say it was an attempt at laying bare the inner workings of hope and loss, love and despair, with the raw fury of a complete mental breakdown. At the brink of death, our life flashes before our eyes. Is that memory a lie? This work seeks to explore that. This combination of magical realism and real life allows both the writer and the reader to explore the language of the subconscious. Each story was written as a part of the overall creative process, visual pieces inspiring the narrative and vice versa. Many of the pieces are dioramas constructed from a wide array of materials from fragments of art, old love letters and mementos, and pieces representative of the concept of book-as-body: metal, wood, flowers, water, bones, blood, even a heart given to us by a cow that didn't need it anymore.
"Beautiful!" -David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil, Dexter.)

In his most recent work, Words of Traitors: 7 Lives in Transition, transmedia artist and author James Curcio put together a creatively diverse, international team of artists, and collaborated with them in illustrating a collection of short stories. The premise of this project is memory, and how much our memories betray us all. ("Words of traitors.")

Our memories even construct our sense of identity. Each story comes from a fictional narrator, but is based out of a jigsaw of real memories. When we no longer want memories, they become fiction. The production process was a very intense alchemical process, much of which was documented behind-the-scenes on the Words of Traitors website. One might even say it was an attempt at laying bare the inner workings of hope and loss, love and despair, with the raw fury of a complete mental breakdown. At the brink of death, our life flashes before our eyes. Is that memory a lie? This work seeks to explore that. This combination of magical realism and real life allows both the writer and the reader to explore the language of the subconscious. Each story was written as a part of the overall creative process, visual pieces inspiring the narrative and vice versa. Many of the pieces are dioramas constructed from a wide array of materials from fragments of art, old love letters and mementos, and pieces representative of the concept of book-as-body: metal, wood, flowers, water, bones, blood, even a heart given to us by a cow that didn't need it anymore.

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Published by: James Curcio on Dec 12, 2012
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