‘We R Okay’
© Dec 2016 by Shiloh Moore
Metallic Bic Mark-It Pen on Black 5×5″ Paper
My beautiful friend Rebekah has a birthday in December. I made this artwork for her using symbols of our friendship.
I was reading about Typography and making artwork out of words. One exercise was to create from negative space.
I chose the letter ‘R’ for Rebekah. Then I thought of words that illustrate our friendship. When I’m well enough, we love watching movies together. She has shared 2 of her favourite films with me: ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’
Two of her all-time favourite quotes are from ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.’ They are “We accept the love we think we deserve” and “(and in that moment) I swear we were infinite.” The whole of the second quote did not fit so I shortened it. In the movie, Charlie loves to give thoughtful presents and he goes to great lengths to give something meaningful. This is something Rebekah also loves to do, and what I was doing in making this present!
The second film quote is “Okay” from ‘The Fault In Our Stars.’ This has extra meaning for me, as when I was bedridden aged 16 I said a mantra ‘I am ok. I. a.m. o….k…’ to calm my mind to ease the constant headache. So when the main characters used the work ‘Okay’ as their special word, I loved it, and identified.
So I made an R out of those three quotes. Afterwards, I realised the words placed at the bottom of the ‘R’ were both ‘We.’ Then it takes the shape of the letter ‘R’. Then the space in the letter ‘R’ makes the word ‘Okay’. ‘We R Okay.’ This was the message I wanted to give Rebekah to give her strength in the tough times.
Happy birthday Rebekah!