This is a hand-painted etegami on a soft washi card. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper with sumi ink and water-soluble gansai paints.
This work illustrates a line from the film “It Came From Outer Space,” a science fiction movie produced in 1953 that is special for being written by the late Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), a writer for whom I have great respect. The line that grabbed me is in the context of the following passage from the screen play, and is spoken by a telephone repairman up high on a telephone pole in the desert of Arizona. He is explaining an odd phenomenon on the telephone wires:
“After you’ve been working out in the desert fifteen years like I have, you see a lot of things…hear a lot of things too. The sun in the sky. And the heat. All that sand out there, with the rivers and lakes that aren’t real at all. And sometimes you think that the wind gets in the wires and hums and listens and talks, just like what we’re hearing now.”