Tina Collen’s Storm of the i: An Artobiography is an autobiography/memoir that is:
- Satisfyingly heavy (a compact paperback weighing as much as a hard-core tabletop book),
- Densely appointed (composed of luscious illustrations; touching, humorous, and/or clever photos; pop-ups; foldouts; cutouts; and other surprises),
- Beyond creatively designed (the author is also a visual artist with a strong graphic design background), and
- Compellingly written (utilizing journal entries, hers and others’ poetry, snippets of letters, casually written notes, song lyrics, and personal narrative).
Collen’s words keep the reader asking questions like:
- What is Collen going to discover next?
- What is her problem with her father?
- What is her father’s problem with her?
- Is there really a problem between them, or is she just imagining it?
- Will her perceptions change as the book progresses?
- Will she change as person as a result of writing this book?
- Will she accept responsibility for who she was and is, or will she just cast blame?
- Why was she driven to write this book?
- Will I, the reader, change as a result of reading this book?
How did Storm of the i affect me?
- I began to urge myself to explore my creativity/thoughts through making colleges.
- I re-remembered that I want to try sculpting with clay.
- I realized I’ve used the excuse of not being a trained artist to keep me from making art.
- I began to question my assumptions about the meanings behind “hurtful” things my parents said in my past.
- I wondered how other women might learn about themselves through combining visual art and writing.
Dear reader, Storm of the i is an experience you’ll want to share with (buy for–you’ll want to keep your copy) people you love.
If you’d like to see a bit more about how Artobiography came into existence click here.
To purchase a personally autographed copy of Storm of the i go to www.TinaCollen.com
(In the comment box include how you’d like it signed.) Books are also available at Barnes & Noble, Borders and Amazon. If your favorite bookstore doesn’t have it on the shelf, they can order it for you.
Tina Collen is giving an autographed book away in a contest, asking people to leave a comment answering this question:
Oftentimes the objects we hold onto contain cryptic clues that point towards something deeper about ourselves. Take a look around your house (or your room) at the things with which you have surrounded yourself. Is there anything you are still hanging onto that seems to contain a hidden message for you? What do you think it is?