I just saw David Lynch being interviewed and I was in the fifth row! David Lynch is one of my most beloved, favourite people in the world – a writer/director whose work is pure genius. His answers were insightful about his artistic process and it has helped me infinitely with my own approach to story development as I am also a very visual person and so coming to the story task as one would a painting, is beyond helpful. Thank you David Lynch for coming to our small town, which is rapidly expanding. 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 amongst timber, and we had a forestry license, a logging mill one hour north of Brisbane, and my father employed 75 people.
Add in Audrey’s character, and hey presto, there I am in my very own Twin Peaks (I lived in a suburb called Bald Hills which my friends and I sometimes called Hairy Flats).
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. She was deeply comforting, familiar even. Like many of the women we see in society who know so much but don’t get respect or attention for what they have to say, based on the way the look.
My friend Julie kept a diary and was the risk-taking type. And, even stranger, – 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) with none other than the gigantic saw-mill: 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.
Good things came to us and I, like the indigenous people before me, I am tied to our land, even the three hectares of noxious-zoned land, is ours, and contributes to our families struggles. A part of our family “puzzle” that survived, that gives us momentum today, it justifies the past battles and it makes us vigilant to fight future battles.
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…. ” Stay tuned for my loving analysis of the Gallery of Modern Art’s exhibition of David Lynch “Between two Worlds”.