My first thought when I saw the new Star Wars tailer was that Christmas feels a long way off. I've tried to avoid working out the storyline for the new prequels because I was a big fan of the new Jedi order series, and that plot line is now completely gone. However, it's hard not to get sucked in by the expansive landscapes and John Williams evocative music.
It occurs to me though that I'm really going to have to lay down my art practice over the next six months. My artwork imagines the art/viewer travelling through a waste land, the sort of land ruled by the fisher king; the mythical, wound leader. The king whose flaws caused his kingdom to fail and turn to ruin. I’m not particularly interested in illustrating the myth, the story- which is associated with King Arthur and the story of Percival – is a good starting point which I can twist and cherry pick and adapt, and add to. However the figure of the distant, remote, pained leader surveying his land, mulling over his failed attempt to rule it fascinates me.
I can't help but draw visual comparisons with the tantalising Star Wars trailer that came out this week. The downed star destroyer and x-wing in the sprawling deserts of Tatooine is such a decrepit yet beautiful scene. The post imperial Galaxy, the failed attempt at democracy. The good intentions of the rebels gone to waste? What of the broken hooded figure with the mysterious metallic arm? Could Luke Skywalker be like Wolfram Von Eschenbach's dark and withdrawn Fisher King in Parcival?