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Her Cutie Mark

Dreamed 2016/8/7 by Wayan
for Lauren Faust

Head of a soft sculpture, 'Mertiger'--a tigress with dreadlocks and a dolphin tail. Dream sculpture by Wayan.

THAT MORNING

Work on a soft sculpture, the Mertiger, a nearly life-size soft sculpture of a tigress with a furry dolphin tail. She has a mane of dreadlocks now, but I sew some more short ones for the front; I think she'll look cuter with bangs.

THAT AFTERNOON

In the afternoon, go with friends to see Shakespeare's The Tempest in Hinkel Park, Berkeley. Mike the driver gets lost, even though he's been here before. Why? He listened to riders with conflicting phone apps, rather than trusting his own knowledge of the Berkeley hills. As we wander, I feel hijacked by bad apps....

So we end up late and have to sit in back where I can barely hear--and it's Shakespeare, you NEED to hear clearly.

Still, the staging is fun--the troupe uses sails for backdrops, waves and weather, they dance and sing (my friend Nic Griffin is one of the musicians), the witch Sycorax is onstage as her strange backstory is told, Ariel's attendant sprites are visible too. Prospero's interesting--clearly unstable, benevolent one second then as snarling as Caliban--makes me wonder if his brother "usurped" his dukedom or took over to protect it. Caliban's played as a Caribbean woman. Her realm too has been stolen by a usurper: Prospero. Still, he relents in the end, frees the spirits and Caliban, lets his daughter Miranda enter the wider world...

THAT EVENING

I work hard on the text for Deer Vs. Pigs, a complex trio of furry dreams:

Shy deer-girl in high school--sketch of a dream by Wayan. Click to enlarge.
A talking doe faces high school
A pig girl; words 'Porcine Odalisque'. Sketch of a dream by Wayan. Click to enlarge.
A classmate, a busty pig-girl, tries hard to be
seductive, but it just doesn't work for me
Singing pony people--sketch of a dream by Wayan. Click to enlarge.
On TV, a furry choir with My Little Pony characters, but
sexy, adult. Hard to draw--not in the show's cartoon style.

THAT NIGHT Three versions of a girl with a Cutie Mark her flank--two human, one like My Little Pony. Dream sketch by Wayan. Click to enlarge.

A gifted girl, a groomed princess like Miranda in The Tempest, develops her talents to the point her Cutie Mark appears early. Apparently this world is like the My Little Pony universe; on the day when your find your life-calling, a brand declaring the New You blooms painlessly on your flank: a Cutie Mark.

I'm not clear how we could see the Marks, but we could. I know we were two-leg folks not four-leg, but I don't recall how we bared our Marks:

  1. Did we have swiss-cheese holes sewn into all our clothes to show off our flanks? (Brrr....)
  2. Were we full-on nudists? (Double brrr!) Or...
  3. Were we like reared-up Ponies with hands (definitely hands not hooves), who saw fur as normal and clothes as unnecessary?

To illustrate the dream, I guess I'll have to pick one.

Or do I? Here, I'll draw all three versions of Miranda as Three Graces on a field of potential Cutie Marks...

Fur or not, clothes or not, in the dream you always showed your Cutie Mark--showed others who you are. Hide it, live in the closet? In Miranda's world that was just inconceivable!

Though visibility has disadvantages. In her teens, Miranda gets kidnapped--and her abductors rely on her Cutie Mark to identify her as their target! And to define her abilities, so they can foil escape attempts, knowing her special talents. Her mark gives it all away.

But they forget--most teens have only recently won their mark. But Miranda was precocious--she won it well before puberty. And even in the few years since then, she's been developing in directions the mark fails to show. Both her kidnappers AND her rescuers define her the default way, by her Cutie--and her mark's too narrow, now. Out of date! She's going to escape, I know, using talents both her abductors and rescuers can see she lacks. Just not her Mark.

Do Cutie Marks change? If so, do they change fast enough to show the current you? Or do they always lag, lying a little? I'm beginning to suspect they do.

And does that timelag only fool jerks like kidnappers into thinking you're less than you are?

What if it fools you too?

NOTES

NOTE A YEAR LATER

I'm still convinced my that my lifework is just to do the art I dream (because no one else seems to dream stuff like this). But I'm equally convinced the dream was right; my lifework, my Cutie Mark, doesn't reflect new growth. Like Miranda, I've lived quietly, reclusively, working away... when I want more. A wider world than my magic island. Have I kidnapped myself, mistaken my lifework for my life? What about love and risk, what about... life-play?

Three versions of a girl with a Question Mark on her flank, on a background of various Marks. Dream sketch by Wayan.


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