david lynch’s first insect

an excerpt which briefly digresses from discussing twin peaks:

The coffee scene was written into the script well before it was shot, but episode 1 also showcases a major example of Lynch’s capacity for spontaneous, on-set inspiration. Even as a teenage painter, Lynch was open to the new dimensions that an unplanned occurence could bring to his work. His friend Jack Fisk recalls the time Lynch proudly showed him a painting of a wharf scene in which the thick oil paint was still wet. Suddenly, a moth fluttered into the paint, got stuck, and died, thus qualifying as the first insect to appear in a David Lynch artwork. The young artist, rather than getting angry about having to repaint his canvas, left the moth where it was and shifted his conception of the piece: “He thought it was great that way.”[77] Lynch always admired the moment-to-moment inventiveness of the 1950s and 1960s abstract painters like Jackson Pollock, who created out on the split-second existential edge of what Lynch calls “action and reaction,”[78] and welcomed surprising, happy accidents.

  • Greg Olson, David Lynch: Beautiful Dark
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