Normal History Vol. 16: The Art Of David Lester

normal-history-viol-16-illo-by-david-lesterEvery Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 25-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

I asked David to tell me more about this image, which has intrigued me since I first saw it a year ago. It isn’t me, but yet, it could be. She isn’t looking into or out of the rectangle farther down the wall. The rectangle could be either a window or a mirror. She is facing what she creates: a shadow on the wall. When I asked David about the illustration, he twice called the shadow a reflection. Mecca Normal has, from its inception, been a vehicle for my words and ideas in relation to an equal portion of David’s guitar. In our original intensity in the mid-’80s, I was more literal in my lyric content through which I address issues between men and women. As I continue to use writing to both explore and create experiences, I am more frequently aware of my own shadowy reflections on the walls in front of me.