photo & text by nacrowe
HEADS OR TALES (FANTAGRAPHICS, 2012) is a FANTASTICAL collection of INTIMATE short fiction stories by the UNCONVENTIONAL LOS ANGELES-based MULTI-DISCIPLINARY visual artist LILLI CARRE. currently instructs at CAL ARTS in EXPERIMENTAL animation department.
what i appreciate about her cartoons is their ability to evoke a passing TRANSITORY EMOTIONAL STATE, sometimes even multiple ones, at the same time. in life we are often looking for external cues to help navigate us through what is in essence an INTERNAL EXPERIENCE of being alive. her stories often populated by characters that are either OVERWHELMED or UNINHIBITED by said guideposts which allows the reader to consider what the trajectory of their own sense of IDENTITY would be like devoid of such external cues. all those small choices we make every day concerning AESTHETICS or GEOGRAPHY or people we surround ourselves with shape our lives in totality, but what if we were INDIFFERENT or not in control of such. how would our sense of SELF be affected? would it?
i think about this sort of thing all the time given that since i left SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA at age twelve ive had a pretty PERIPATETIC existence ever since, traveling to over sixty countries and living in eight over five continents. i wonder all the time how id have turned out if id never left ORANGE COUNTY as a pre-teen. would i be a DIFFERENT person? a BETTER VERSION of myself?
the work of CARRE seems to be focused on TRANSITORY expressions of IDENTITY and how one transitions from a TEMPORAL EMOTIONAL STATE to the next while maintaining a core sense of SELF. its an INTRIGUING METAPHYSICAL DYNAMIC to consider. is there a core ESSENCE to any of us or are we just reconfigured atoms in a never ending state of FLUX and TRANSITION. id argue the latter but its FUN to consider. regardless, HEADS OR TALES is well worth checking out.