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MASK

1989, early (16-color) digital painting of my dream-self stuck in the waking world, by Chris Wayan

I'm a unicorn drawing away in art class, feeling more naked than the model...

This wasn't a dream, but how I felt in my first real life-drawing class. I felt out of place there--a suburban college. I'd been dreaming of meeting unicorns, and occasionally being unicorns; I turned in digital dream-paintings as homework. When I showed my work, my classmates and even the teacher said "Computers are soulless and evil." Oh, and I had a silent crush on my classmate Robin...

(If the fine print's unreadable on your screen, try this enlargement--the same file, just displayed bigger.) a unicorn student in a chaotic life-drawing class
I felt like I wore a mask in that class--like the ink I drew with was my blood. Hard, hard, hard.



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