I just saw David Lynch being interviewed and I was in the fifth row! David Lynch is one of my most beloved, favourite artists and people in the world – a writer/director whose work has held my interest, since Twin Peaks first aired in 1990. My mother says of the music of the original Twin Peaks during this time, “I needed it, because my mother was dying in the room upstairs, and we also had a sawmill of our own and so seeing these giant blades cutting through logs and the sparks flying, as the tree was debarked and sawn into lumber, with the waterfall, and the Great Northern, Norma’s diner, and listening to this strange murder mystery in a small town was like slipping into another world for an hour each week. I laughed when the Log Lady said “My husband was a logging man” because, well, mine was too. Although he didn’t meet the same fate as Margaret’s. I recently listened to Mark Frost’s The Final Dossier on audible and cried when I heard the beautiful words spoken at her funeral, and I know that in real life too, she has passed on. What a journey David Lynch, Mark Frost and the characters have taken us on with this story about a terrified girl who wrote “I just know I’m going to get lost in those woods again tonight.”
Back to the interview with Lynch on the exhibition at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, which, attracted people from all over the world to Brisbane. Lynch answered on how he approaches the artistic process and coming to the story task as one would a painting. When I first watched Twin Peaks at around 15 years of age, it was as if David Lynch and Mark Frost had recreated my own world, for I was a girl who grew up with a dad who had a mill like the Packards sawmill in Twin Peaks. Those blades were there, so was the fresh sap dripping from the plantation Queensland Hoop Pine logs, stacked in piles, the forestry license, the retail outlet, closer to the city was where the bundles of timber ended up, wrapped in plastic, ended up, bound at both ends, awaiting truck drivers.
Add in Audrey’s character, and hey presto, there I am in my very own Twin Peaks.
The Music was the most deeply comforting part of Twin Peaks Season 1 and 2. The Log Lady’s words, ambiguous and eccentric spoke rhetorically through the tone, one of warning, and I felt too young to understand.
I know that only die-hard Twin Peaks fans and Lynch himself would understand the symmetry here – but my father later closed his sawmill down, and, on the land he owned, he designed, and built an industrial development (based on a lease I managed to somehow obtain, at a very young age, when I distributed a well-written fax, yes ’twas a fax) with none other than the icon of all saw-mills: Weyerhauser USA. This companies’ HQ was used as the Sheriff’s office in Twin Peaks and I drove right past it on my way to Bellingham from Santa Cruz one Christmas when I was living in the States.
So after reading Globalisation of Poverty, and seeing it spread literally into my own backyard, my father closed down the mill and began a new life as the owner of an industrial property leased to a saw-mill giant. This still allows me the freedom I have today, to travel and to go back to New York to continue to study Art History again, and practice art. That part of the “puzzle” that could have happened because I wrote an email to Weyerhauser’s CEO and told him about how rapidly Australia was expanding, nevertheless, it still gives us momentum today.
It reminds me of Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks when he is throwing stones at the bottles and he says “pay the strictest attention when two things occur simultaneously pertaining to the same field of enquiry…. ”
The Gallery of Modern Art’s exhibition of David Lynch “Between two Worlds” showed the effect that his time spent studying in Philadelphia had on him, and it was dark and he had moved from Washington State. He is not kidding when he says the light in LA has a really good effect on him. So I would say that Between Two Worlds, the night and day, the unconscious and the conscious, was reflected in the art because there were many pieces of art that were made of black and white. I liked the Bunny films, and the applause the male bunny received when he finally got home from work. I feel as though David Lynch and Mark Frost were showing us 25 years later how numb we all are to what is acceptable, or what is expected of us in society, and the blades of timber being sawn now if you don’t play the sound, which wasn’t a feature at all in The Return, it shows us now how prettiness can cover up a whole lot of ugly truth.
I think Bobby said it best at her funeral when he said to the minister “Save your words man, because pretty words aren’t going to bring her back. You want to know who killed Laura? We all did. We all knew she was in trouble but not one of us did a thing to help her.”
I have so much more to say about this interview, the exhibition, and Twin Peaks: The Return.
Blue Rose Task Force
One of the things that I have discovered is that the Blue Rose Task Force community is a force on twitter for Twin Peaks fans to share stories. I also believe the women and men who started this very supportive community are such an enormous force for good in this world for people when we need it most. If there is anyone out there reading (of any gender) particularly women or girls in a dangerous situation or in Laura’s situation, the stories on twitter under #bluerosetaskforce, and the #metoo movement, everyone is now being super aware of their human rights.