For those of you who do not know Samuel Beckett, here is what Wikipedia has to say about him :
Samuel Barclay Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in France for most of his adult life. He wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour.
Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Strongly influenced by James Joyce, he is considered one of the last modernists. As an inspiration to many later writers, he is also sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called the “Theatre of the Absurd“. His work became increasingly minimalist in his later career.
Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature “for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation”. He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1984.
I attended a conference while in Marco Island and the speaker showed a seven minute play by Beckett entitled “Come and Go”. I loved the title and loved the play which has only a little over 150 words and is performed by three ladies. In my home province we often say ” She doesn’t know whether she’s comin’ or goin'” when a lady is overwhelmed or confused. Because I have strong Irish roots I drew a connection between my experiences and the play, as well as Sam Beckett. I was inspired to complete this watercolour journal page which is a rough reproduction of the final scene of the play (again in less than 15 minutes so it’s very free!). The lady in Green says” Shall we hold hands in the old way” and they all hold hands.
I am also including a few more photos of Marco Island for you!
Enjoy, check out Samuel Beckett and keep making art!