Interview with Tim Anthony author of Lost Ties
So your book is entitled “Lost Ties” can you tell us a bit more? It’s a book of images, with an underlying story connected. I’ve read that there is something different that makes this book, this journey more intriguing.
Part one is an imaginary WWII screenplay. The focus is on the story of five girls; all have their own stories and are portrayed through the imagery of the fictional World War 2 screenplay. However disruption takes root in their lives when their father is asked by Germans to develop biological warfare.
Part two has a more lyrical and poetic focus. Introducing text and coupling the imagery with folklore. Finally, part three, is an assortment of images, from my other work. This section shows the breadth and scope of ability. This is an extra section which I hope will create inspiration in others to create their own art of discover their own adventures.
The book is split into three sections. Section one is the imagery, and section three is a smorgasbord of backlogged work as you describe it. Section two is more of a narrative, linking imagery to folk lore. I imagine that this section could inspire and captivate many. From the folk tales that you’ve written about, which appeals most to you?
All have their own appeal for very different reasons. There is one, the crane saving tale which is found in many different countries, though in Russia, it’s about a Goose, elsewhere it’s a duck or a stork, but the principle of the story is always the same. I think this is what is important.
The last tale “Isadori” has sentimental value, it’s personal to me. It’s about a girl I fell in love with, but as she was with another, I knew that I could never interfere.
The story behind the imagery links to World War 2 and the journeys of several girls as they each pursue their own adventures. What would you say has drawn your attention to this time?
Well, there was nothing that really drew my attention. It was more by happen-stance. I couldn’t afford to go to school as I had no money, my father suffered from Alzheimer’s, I was stuck in my town. I went to the local college and undertook independent study. From this point I created and developed the imagery over time. They all started to come together and the story started to tell itself. I saw an image of the French actress Jean Moreau and this inspired some of my work.
Lost Ties, is a form of folio of your work. If you could select one piece, what would be your favourite and why? Is there any symbolic meaning behind it?
This would be hard to pick. There are so many emotions linked with the imagery. You could be looking at a piece symbolising pastoral sentiment from pre-war, mid focuses on the emotion of characters. The war scenes create a shock value. There are fifty-six pieces all telling different elements or parts of a larger story, they should really be viewed and enjoyed as a collection, a part of the narrative tale of the lives of the five girls.
You have explored a world of art, set off on your own adventure, a journey that has taken you through various education, jobs and interests. If someone was to paint your life as an image, what would it be like? Colours, style, even an example of an artist.
Oh I don’t know, I guess you’d have to read my life my about a young man who spurned his father’s demand for religion and work with status quo and became a painter worker for the railroad. There’s a lot in there. I think it would be up to the creator of the image to decide what the image should look like, or at least what elements of my life to focus on.
You say on your website that after education you engaged in an alternate life style, can you tell us a bit more. For me, I imagine, a relaxed, dreamy environment, a room covered in vivid colours and gentle music calming the atmosphere. But it can’t all be like that?
No, I return to that at night, but during the day time is dealing with the madding crowd so to speak…as Zola said when he wrote “L’assmoir” they bludgeoned themselves due to alcohol of working class. He said “I had to get some distance from it.” So this this, I have to go bid a job today, bicker for the price, then complete it but at night I’ll retire to cooking, finishing works for a show this weekend and then finally pull back at about 2am with a beer and listen to new stuff. You could see me watching shows like tallest man on earth, or inspired for anti-drug narrative from Ed Sheerans “she’s on the a team”. I do many different things, when I have the time, but I still need to make a living. So I create art when I can, relax when I can, but most importantly I get by.
Tells us more about Tim Anthony, aside from painting and telling tales, I believe you have many other interests?
Tim Anthony is pseudonym; my real name is Thomas Armstrong reason. I used a pseudonym as a dig against modern medicine in book i.e. collateral damage of pathological management of drugs and surgery. So I thought I might get sued because I’m pro macrobiotic diet preventive medicine as opposed to symptomatic medicine.
What’s next, will you be writing a follow up book to Lost Ties, perhaps one linking in with your love of mythology?
Yes, I think I will just do one with folk tales and drawing.
Where can our readers find out more about you and your book Lost Ties – A Journey By Image?
Finally, there are many people out there who wish they could live a life dedicated to their art, to explore the boundaries of their creative potential. What words of guidance would you provide them?
I have to make a living as I haven’t made a fortune with me book yet. So I have a job. For others out there that are working and balancing their creative side then I would suggest to box your art into a section of your day, make sure you make the time for it and keep at it. Follow your instinct, your intuition and don’t be swayed by criticism.
As MBS teach,
lotus grows in mud so the burden of experience will produce a flowering of enlightenment