Friday, January 15, 2010

Wilderness Within


The Illustration Friday prompt is wilderness, a wonderfully inspiring prompt. I'm putting in a bit a hand-wringing below – if you came for the illustration, no need to read it.

I'm a reactive person by nature, something I had been feeling I was making progress with. Recently there was some very odd spam-like stuff going on with numerous links to one blog appearing after the comments section (no, you won't see it now, I've removed them). I got very pumped up and left some outraged comments (a moderated comment blog). The administrator was slow to respond and it happened several times. Turns out that it was probably one of those google things and I was (virtually) yelling at some poor innocent soul. Anyway, the connection to the drawing is simply that there's always something primitive most of us try to protect and defend, sometimes inappropriately...or maybe it's the forest and the trees. Has anyone else had this particular (google induced?) experience? Not about the losing your temper part, I mean a huge stream of links in the comment section.

Feedback from readers on the multiple links:

According to Tony and Subby, the problem was caused by a virus contained in a widget of the blog leaving the comments on mine. Apparently many blogger widgets have embedded viruses. In Tony's case, his was the offending blog, but it only happened once. Time to give my tech expert a call...and the tech expert says, essentially no worries - Thanks, Terry.

31 comments:

California Girl said...

Hi Susan: love the line drawing and the color contrast and the subject.

Cláudia said...

The drawing is so powerful! I love the force of the orange in the middle of black pencil (pen?).

The fox in the head reminded me of one of your previous posts. I found it: it was published last September. And your own words gave me a hint as to why you would feel the urge to protect your inner fox. (But then again, this is all my own interpretation of arrayed things.)

"The fox is vitality and the will to alter circumstances, simply a creative force, neither good nor bad."

subby said...

Susan, I'm having the same problems with the comments and the particular box format. It's due to either a virus in the format or one( or more )widgets being used on the particular blog...

As for the drawing 'tis wonderful but I feel as entangled as the poor fox...

PPASP said...

Well, I have no experience with google spam, but I could instantly relate both to the visual and your description of how instantly "defensive" you were. It makes me feel better to know that someone like you, who seems deep, earthy, smart and kind can get mad over a misunderstood google thing. I get hot angry over lots of things and I like to think about what you've written here, that it is sometimes just human nature, instead of my own stoopitidy. Makes me feel better. Beautiful illustration. Tangled defensiveness. I get that for sure.

ArtSparker said...

PPASP - It just reminds me of the gophers in Caddyshack...I'm keeping a vigilant eye on the holes where I KNOW the little gopher heads are going to pop up, but the one I'm not watching...the metaphor is breaking down. And as it turns out, since the answer to the puzzle is in the previous comment, there was an explanation...I just needed to ask. Lifelong learning.

Kaetlyn Wilcox said...

Oh geez! I've only had a little bit of spam on my blog (Busty London Escorts, of all things!) But I can understand feeling protective over your blog, for sure. Especially when you've put this kind of thought and energy into your projects, and built such a vibrant community. Intense spam would make me RABID.

Karen said...

Terrifuc illustration Susan!

Poet in Residence said...

Do you know Ted Hughes's poem "The Thought Fox"?

(Some weeks ago I had a blogspam for mail-order shoes with long lists of links - about 20 I think. Easily deleted. Today on my 'Bard on the Run' blog a paragraph of undecipherable boxes(?) from a dubious Domonique - sadly also deleted!). So far, just over 2 years of blogging, it's not a major problem.

Steve said...

Sometimes having a wily head on is the only way to navigate this strange world...

rosedale's 4head said...

this is quite lovely - very unique. it sort of goes along with political current events unfolding in world today - but on a personal note - it puts me in the mind of scars and healing or not - the colors are shattering...powerful piece...

Lynne Chapman said...

Wonderfully original idea and great drawing. Love the way the fox is the only thing picked out in colour.

tony said...

Yea I had Something similar a year or so ago.I was "the guilty-party" on that occassion.It's very hard to prove innocence in such a situation!
I dont know how/why it happened.Whatever it was, it was isolated & hasnt happened again (*touches wood&head*)

yvette said...

sorry it made me smile...you and your anger...indeed I always suspected a little furyfox in your hair. it's so frightning those viruses it doesn't make me angry but afraid.
(I hope you understand...it seems you always understand me better than I you)

Titus said...

Nope, not experienced it but it always surprises me how furious I can get with the inanimate - the machines that do not operate correctly, the computer glitches, i.e. the things that can't be reasoned or debated with. You cannot rail at a machine.

However, that's my aside. The illustration is superb, and very strong. Something deeply resonant in it, for me.

Eva said...

I had this kind of experience with Wordpress who pulled out details from another profile in a German online newspaper (Die Zeit). I never would have thought it was connected. But this led to the situation that I had to get a new password every time I tried to log in to my WP blog.

The fox is said to be clever, so if we trust the intelligence in our mind jungle it will lead us to the hidden exit we would never think of.

Bungy32 said...

No spam yet on my google/blogger blog. Heh! I prolly don't get enough traffic (yet!) to attract spammers.

Your illustration is, as usual, beautiful and quite engaging. I love the fox's splash of red! You capture both the beauty and strangeness of having trees and a fox on your head. (Taken too literally, I see the start of a Monty Python-esque sketch here.)

Your accompanying post meditates about the tension between wildness and control, while noting nature as both "out there" and human (i.e. "inside"). Your image adds to that by depicting wilderness sprouting out of our own minds, our own imaginations.

What fascinates me in all of this is that spam seems like analogue to wild weeds, popping up in your blog-garden and requiring constant and frustrating tending. A computer virus is a metaphor, but one that shows how viruses (real or digital) emerge in complex systems of interaction and relationship. So, as you work to control your emotional response to blog spam, you are also encountering a difficulty in controlling what grows in your homestead on this digital wilderness.

Thanks for the image and the post. As you can see, both got me thinking. Or, to keep the metaphor, planted a few seeds in the ticket of my own mind. ;-)

ArtSparker said...

PR= It's not quite that simple. The first time, there were maybe thrity links to delete, the second time there were more, the third time, more than fifty. They each need to be deleted individually. Having had some correspondence with subby who had similar problems, I am now going to edit the post.

Susan at Stony River said...

Love that illustration; even more so after the story of spam. Sorry you went through that however.

I don't put widgets on my blog because they always seem to slow down loading time; I should have guessed they held viruses but now I'm glad to have the heads-up.

Thanks!

Michael O'Connell said...

brilliant illo susan… hope all is well with you and your new year is off to a great start!

dthaase said...

Susan...I love your creativity - this piece is fantastic - the line work, the use of color, the design - masterful! Great take on the prompt!

eyetrouble said...

wonderful, expressive line work...and the idea is a great one, too...especially enjoy the splash of color amongst the tangled branches

Shirley said...

Really, really cool illustration, Susan! And very interesting post..sorry to hear of the virus..but boy, this is a great piece coming from the frustration. Awesome!

Jessie said...

Hi Susan, thanks for having my birdcage illustration on your blog, I feel very honoured! :) Your artwork is lovely, I shall be back!xx

jude said...

i never liked that word widget.

INDIGENE said...

It reminds me of Victorian imagery! I love the pattern quality of it, too!

Tomás Serrano said...

Many meanings. I like your great illustration.

Asja said...

beautiful drawing, it's very captivating!
i never had such google induced problems but i would probably reacted the same way you did (uh, maybe even worse :))

Susan Faye said...

Great image--I think most of us are afraid of that wild and primitive and instinctive being that lurks within...(although howling at the moon can be quite fun)

j. said...

AMAZING, SUSAN.

: D

jennifer said...

It's a wonderfully strong drawing.
Spam is totally annoying, I'm glad you got rid of it.

Coreopsis said...

Ooooh-I like it, I like it! Great idea, great lines.

I think it's so cool that when I'm going through the illustration Friday links, I always end up clicking on works from people I "know" because I love the style, even in the thumbnails (I don't ever look at the names), and then when the whole thing pops up, I'm washed over with pleasure--and think "of COURSE!"