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G. E.
Gallas

COUNTRY
CALIFORNIA

DATE OF BIRTH
19 OCT 1988

GENDER
FEMALE

ABOUT

Born in Washington, D.C. Grew up
in Potomac, Maryland. Spent year
abroad in Tokyo, Japan at Sophia
University. Graduated from New
York University, Gallatin School of
Individualized Study. Concentration
entitled, "Exploring and Examining
Otherness: Japan and The Globe."
Colloquium/Rationale entitled, "The
Hero as Other." Currently living
in San Francisco.

INTERESTS

Abstract art, Screenplay writing, Cinematography, Japan, Culture, Films, Foreign films

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

PROJECT FIELD
Art

WHERE IS IT DEVELOPED?
San Francisco, CA

 

The Poet and the Flea: Ode to William Blake

"The Poet and the Flea" is a graphic novel written and illustrated by G. E. Gallas about the life of the poet-painter William Blake.

My objective is to create an illustrated story that is not only engaging and unexpected, but also thought-provoking and life-changing. I believe that William Blake goes inherently hand-in-hand with The Unhate Foundation Mission. Just as The Unhate Foundation is dedicated "...to the creation of a new culture against hate and to promote the acceptance of all forms of diversity...," Blake was producing poems and illustrations specifically advocating racial, sexual, and social equality. He believed that "...all men are alike (tho' infinitely various)." With "The Flea," I hope to explore these themes of equality in hopes of promoting diversity.

Summary: "The Poet and the Flea" is a reimagining of the life of the poet-painter William Blake. Set in 1790, at the onset of The Industrial Revolution, William suffers from the death of his beloved younger brother, Robert. Catherine (Kate) Blake attempts to comfort her husband, but cannot dispel his grief. During this spell of anxiety, William is visited by an ominous creature: The Ghost of the Flea. The Flea reveals an invested interest in William’s spiritual well-being — the result of an unorthodox wager. Will William triumph over The Flea’s sinister meddling? Or will he fall victim to The Flea’s corruption?

This independent project is currently underway, consisting of 30 finished illustrated pages (with more in progress) and 47 pages of script so far. This project is the product of thorough research and passionate enthusiasm. The finished series will be about 2-3 volumes (200-300 pages).

Although Blake is a celebrated poet-painter, he is largely unknown to members of my generation. I hope that "The Flea" will benefit my generation, sparking interest in not only Blake, but also in The Age of Enlightenment, The Industrial Revolution, and Blake's predecessors (Dante, John Milton) and successors (Allen Ginsberg). Most importantly, I hope that interest in William Blake's message of equality, diversity, and inclusiveness will further the mission of the Unhate Foundation.

 

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