File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 392

Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 14:54:14 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] QUITTING PUPPETRY!

Always a delight to hear from you Mathieu. A double delight after all the
hand-wringing and mud-slinging that has been cluttering the 'crit these
last couple of weeks. Les Americans, eh!

On Wed, 28 Sep 2005, [iso-8859-1] Mathieu René wrote:

> Hi Steve, and all.
> I couild never quit puppetry for good.
> I don't even know if I could do it for any extended period of time.
> NOthing has ever made me feel so complete an artist.
> I was always told that I should concentrate on one type of art, and could
> never.
> Puppetry has enabled me to combine all the arts into one object, or project!
> Not only that. I feel that puppetry was programmed into my genetic code.
> There was a glitch with my software, and it took me 20 years to realise that
> all those experiments I was doing were puppet parts.  I alo was listening
> for too long to concerned people around me telling me that art doesn't pay,
> and that I would starve. Well, they werekind of right up to this point,
> since I am not making ends meet, but it's coming. My reputation is growing
> as a puppet maker and maskmaker, and I already have made about 30 puppets
> for professionnals.
> Even if they were right, those concerned people should think twice about
> giving discouraging concerned advice.  Be unreasonnable if you want to
> follow your dreams, says at least one voice in my head.
> By the way, puppetry (making and performing) enables me to give bodies to
> the ever increasing number of creatures being born in my head, keeping the
> space under control...
> Nothing else gives me the joy of seeing my own work performed, feeling
> appreciated by the crowds and the puppeteers themselves.
> There's something magical about a piece of art that moves in a totally
> different way when a different pupepteer works it. Painting on canvas, my
> old "goal in life" is still interesting for me, but you can't really animate
> a painting and make it talk, unless you make a puppet out of it, or use it
> as such, in Object Theater.
> I love puppetry so much that I am spending yet again to follow a
> professionnal training course in puppet mecanics, in October(starts on my
> Biorthday!) , although I should keep the money to breath a little,
> financially . Again, I have to be unreasonable in order to grow.
> I have a big puppet contract coming up soon, and the course will come in
> handy.
> I have felt the need of more formal training, since my mecanics work, but I
> feel there are better, easier and lighter ways to do the same movements.
> Puppetry is so magical it allows an artist to grow in many ways.
> I want to perform and am working towards that. I will be able to incorporate
> my singing and voice changing into my work!
> I've never traveled out of my province, and not that much inside it. I was
> always working and at school since I was 14. Puppetry will someday allow me
> to travel, when I go on tours, and I will be paid for it! So far, my puppets
> have traveled to Japan, Spain, and the UK. I'm almost jealous, and almost
> empted to make myself into a puppet and smuggle into a shipping box....
> These were just some of the things that keep me to puppetry.
> Some are unexplainable.
> It just feels absolutely right.
> Mathieu René Créaturiste
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