|Wearing a personalized t-shirt in the most beautiful city in the world with an artwork by Italian artist Stefano Zattera based on 21st century woman/character/musician/friend Svetlana Zombierella Nagaeva|
I believe that objects have some sort of meaning in life in order for ourselves as living/human beings to comunicate among us with emotions and feelings.
Narratives are hard to be described with simple objects, because sometimes objects are provided with magic and they do trigger memories in our own consciouness as living beings.
While working in books in two projects at the same time Zombierella as a character/21st century woman/musician and a book anthology with Nordic artists such as Finnish artist Terhi Ekebom, Swedish artists Nicolas Krizan, Knut Larsson, Max Andersson, Lars Erik Sjunesson, Clara Bessijele Johansson, Danish Artist Henrik Kim Rehr and Polish artist Bartosz Jekiel makes me wonder about exhibitions that I've curated all over the world with themes or narratives and with help by international artists from several countries or book collections that I've helped by imagining them in my mind, heart and soul as consultant editor for American Fantagraphics book publisher based on the works of Italian maestro Guido Crepax or Argentine maestro Alberto Breccia in order to turn them into reality as books in English language while being distributed all over the world.
|Wearing a Personalized t-shirt by Canadian artist Dave Cooper|
I know that I've also helped giving tips as consultant editor to American publisher Fantagraphics about Swedish maestro Max Andersson's complete short stories to be published in a near future (some of them appeared in Zero Zero comic book issues published by Fantagraphics along Canadian artist Dave Cooper among other artists, Max even provided an interview to me and drew me as a carboy character that can actually be read in previous posts in this same blogue).
Being a bit random in what I write, I clearly know that my energy comes from within myself and what I am, what I was and what I'll be:
A simple guy born in the prettiest city in the world).
Below are some pics with personalized mugs that will make part of myself as a living being while drinking coffee, tea or simple water with artworks by international artists that helped me develop who I am and how they "see" me or a kitty that I've used to have with their awesome art skills in the company of a simple cigarette box with "A calçada Portuguesa" as theme, because I'm sure that I was born in a country named Portugal.
|Personalized mug with an Artwork by Argentine Artist Mr ED based on a kitty that I've used to have near a simple cigarette box.|
Being "Lost in a Nordic Dream" with Personalized mugs
|Personalized mug with an Artwork by Finnish Artist Terhi Ekebom based on myself near a simple cigarette box.|
|Personalized mug with an Artwork by Polish Artist Bartosz Jekiel based on myself (with a small tribute to Grant Morrison's Invisibles masterpiece on it) near a simple cigarette box.|
|Personalized mug with an Artwork by Danish Artist Henrik Kim Rehr based on myself near a simple cigarette box.|
|Personalized mug with an Artwork by Swedish Artist Knut Larsson based on myself near a simple cigarette box.|
In summer solstice with a personalized mug and some printed pics of Zombierella as a 21st century woman/character/musician westworld tv series from HBO and common cinema tickets from excellent movies such as Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki "Ariel" or French director Bertrand Tavernier "Round Midnight",a pic with an ad for the comic book series " Preacher" created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon along 3 of nieces named Lara, Luzia and Isaura and two personal pics of my youngest niece Leticia, because I truly believe that life's what we see or what influences us in it from the day that we're born until our passing day where Alpha and Omega collide themselves.
My nieces will always be my nieces and their memories with myself will always be the most precious treasure that I've since they were only babies and I'll try to be with them in the natural process of them growing up physically and mentally as women, like I've did in the past, do in the present and will do in the future with my nephews Leandro and Sandro
that are quickly turning into men or Emidio that it's only a small baby boy.
I'm pretty sure that I'll continue to be the same guy that was born in Porto, loving and enjoying Preacher comic book series as the masterpiece that it's or women and their character/personality in general.
I know that while I work on exhibitions or books, I do try to help fellow international artists in what I can, like the case of Croatian artist Danijel Zezelj in his latest book "Savages" with portraits and quotes of international artists in their native language with his excellent art skills.
Everybody should buy this latest book from Danijel's.
|"Savages" book by Croatian artist Danijel Zezelj|
Working in between projects while trying to figure out what to do, I do try to gather my memories in my mind, heart and soul with movies that I've seen like Mike Leigh's movie "Naked" or artworks by excellent international artists such as Spanish maestro Jon Ander Azaola or Finnish Artist Terhi Ekebom
|A pic with a tribute to Zombierella, Spanish writer Cervantes character D. Quixote as seen by Spanish maestro Jon Ander Azaola and Finnish artist Terhi Ekebom painting a mural along a simple cigarette box, two pens and a pencil with Portuguese tiles. |
Other times, I think on what I've tried to do with an awesome artwork created by Spanish maestro Ruben Pellejero as an idea based on characters created by Italian maestro Hugo Pratt and his character Corto Maltese or Italian maestro Crepax and his Valentina, knowing that this artwork will be published on the 4th Crepax tribute booklet in Crepax's complete collection published by American book publisher Fantagraphics and that I've helped conceiving it since its earliest beginnings more than two years ago .
Ruben drew this masterpiece, I've used it in a personal t-shirt for myself and later Ruben wanted to wear a t-shirt with his own artwork and I've printed it for him, life's funny in a perfect circle and I remember that Ruben Pellejero even provided me an interview that can actually be read in previous posts in this same blogue.
|Personalized T-shirt to be sent to Spanish maestro Ruben Pellejero with an awesome artwork by himself|
Like I've mentioned before movies are a sort of inspiration in my own work and sometimes they are stuck in my mind and memories or running free in this world.
Chinese director Wong Kar Wai's movies "Chungking Express" or "Fallen Angels" and their soundtrack touch me in a particular way since they're written without a previous script while mentioning life and relationships among human/living beings in all its glory.
South Korean director Kim Ki Duk movies such as "The Isle" or "The Bow" are masterpieces that are always stuck within myself since I first saw them at the city where I was born a few years ago in a film festival named Fantasporto and they talk about life and the obstacles that we must pass on it.
|Portuguese DVD edition of "Chungking express" by Wong Kar Wai with a cigarette box, two pens and a pencil with Portuguese tiles.|
|Portuguese DVD edition of "Fallen Angels" by Wong Kar Wai with a cigarette box, two pens and a pencil with Portuguese tiles.|
|CD Soundtrack of "Fallen Angels" by Wong Kar Wai, with a cigarette box, two pens and a pencil with Portuguese tiles.|
|Portuguese DVD edition of "The Isle" by Kim KI Duk with a cigarette box, two pens and a pencil with Portuguese tiles.|
|Portuguese DVD edition of "The Bow" by Kim KI Duk with a cigarette box, two pens and a pencil with Portuguese tiles.|
I remember watching Scottish writer Grant Morrison documentary "Talking with Gods" and how he expressed himself regarding his life and his work, telling people that his own life was actually shown in his books and that he saw iconic comic book characters as GODS which I found truly awesome since we're only human beings that do try to comunicate or show to other people who we're and what we see in life.
|DVD edition of "Talking with Gods" by Grant Morrison with a cigarette box, two pens and a pencil with Portuguese tiles.|
Books by Spanish maestro Santiago Sequeiros as some bizarre link in this life
|Spanish book 1 of "La Mala Pena" by Santiago Sequeiros with a cigarette box, two pens and a pencil with Portuguese tiles.|
These books are precious to me not only because of Santiago's storytelling or artwork but also because they were gifts by Spanish artist Miguel Almagro and Argentine maestro MR ED since they're out of stock everywhere.
Objects have meaning if we found our own memories on them while communicating with other people.
I'll try to continue to find some meaning in the work that I do with help by international artists.
Many thanks for all the support given to me from more than 120 international artists from several countries during the past two years and I'm sure that we'll work in upcoming projects developed by myself and them because they're the best artists that I know of.
Manuel Espirito Santo
P.S: Because I really believe in concept as time and moments, I've decided to share in this post one of my favourite movies fragment ever from Wong Kar Wai's masterpiece "Days of being wild" with English subtitles.
“At one minute before 3pm on April the 16th, 1960, you’re together with me. Because of you, I’ll remember that one minute. From now on, we’re friends for one minute. This is a fact, you can’t deny. It’s done.”