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“On a flea market we found a portrait of a girl. (…) She will be your protagonist. Use any constraint you want to tell your version of her possible life. The end result will be the diary of Suzy Miller, filled with stories of uncountable potential lives she could’ve lead.”
But… Who is Suzy Miller, really? Discover my illustrated version of the truth.
The potential lives of Suzy Miller. A celebration of chaos and coincidence
You found her picture, I found her bag. (Oh Suzy, you’re so distracted!!!)
While traveling throughout Hawaii by bus, I found a bag, lost on a seat. It was a fashionable bag, vintage and full of sand, ruined by time and everyday use. I was curious and I decided to have a look inside to find its owner.
That’s how I met Suzy and that’s what she told me about her life.
She was now 63 and she's been living in Hawaii since she was 18. She was from Springfield, somewhere in the US, maybe one of the most conservative city in the late Sixties. She belonged to a middle class family and her life was almost planned: a good college, nice clothes, a big house with a huge garden, a good marriage and probably two children, a boy and a girl. Ah, the American dream!
One night she run away to California following a hippy gas station attendant. Once in SFO she left him (“Oh man! He was SO BORING!!!”) took the first flight to Hawaii and start traveling from island to island.
Everyone in Hawaii knows the crazy woman with crazy hair, and she continues living as she likes to, as she was the mermaid of the bay.
“You never know what it will happen, enjoy your present, tomorrow is tomorrow”.
“Everything is more complicated than you think. You only see a tenth of what is true. And there are a million little strings attached to every choice you make that could destroy your life, every time you choose. And you may not know for 20 years. And you may never trace it to its source.” Synecdoche New York (2008)
Thanks Jeroen and Debby for the selection of my work!
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