7×7 a most exquisite corpse

Sometime in the summer of 2019, I discovered The Wrong Heaven by Amy Bonnaffons. I went to the book’s website, and discovered her other project, 7×

From the 7×7 website:

Launched in 2015 to facilitate a new kind of interdisciplinary collaboration, each 7×7 invites one visual artist and one writer to engage in a two-week creative conversation. The format, inspired by Surrealist games of the early 20th century, challenges participants to improvise, in their respective disciplines, a spontaneous story that pushes into ever-wilder imaginative terrain. Every finished 7×7 is singular, unclassifiable, and wholly original.


Finding Surrealist games irresistable, I signed up.

Beginning March 1st, Olivia Kingery and I began to volley work back and forth for 14 days. The full results of our collaboration can be found ______. It would be inappropriate and a copyright violation for me to share the completed game here, but I can share my side of the road.

I went first.

A female Skelton in repose.
I started things off with this painting, Pentimento, which is part of an animation I’m working on. It’s the product of the animation.
A woman's legs under water, walking - the scene is in a metal tin sitting on a painting of the ocean.
Strawberry Hermit is my response to the first response.
A woman and a human sized fish in a red room.
#3 straddles a thin, taught line.
A skeleton cowgirl lassoing a bunch of plastic action figures.
The Control Protocol Lasso Dance Hall is probably my favorite of these babies.
A cut paper hand making a shadow animal in a metal tin.
If man is five… if man is five. #5.
An altoid tin with several faces nested in it.
A skeleton hand making the AOK sign, with a blue eye looking through the circle made by the thumb and first finger. A tag reads 'fin?'

If you like this sort of thing, go check ’em out.