The Serendipitous Wreck
Going Forth With Apples
When she finishes a painting Amy says she's "never completely certain what it means or why i did it. but after time it somehow comes around to me and makes sense conceptually". For "Serendipitous Wreck," she started with fragments of imagery from a half-remembered dream.
Both pieces contain strong narratives with familiar themes, but break away from rationality in order to tell them: A derailed train and its animal passengers celebrate their newfound freedom from their human masters in "The Serendipitous Wreck". They're finally alone and unbothered in the stillness and solitude of a misty forest (which fades into the natural, unhidden beauty of the panel's wood grain), save for a giant girl who comforts the hurt train. Balloons escape into the sky and a chick has hatched from its shell. In "Going Forth With Apples," a sagely-looking rabbit paddles, a kitten lazilly fishes for flowers, and a girl looks off wistfully into the distance. The title implies some sort of mission in their journey; the apples may be sustenance for their travels, or an important gift for someone else.
Amy Sol chose to create softly-rendered dreamscapes populated by animals and plants and clouds in order to communicate universal themes in a very immediate manner. The viewer could glimpse at "The Serendipitous Wreck" and connect it to their experience quitting a sucky job, or perhaps leaving high school and their parents, or any other event in which they regained their freedom. An illustrator could depict an everyday scene in a modern, realistic environment, but that would have a very limited effect comparatively. In "Going Forth," the girls on a bird-boat in the clouds. Anyone who's traveled could connect with that story, whether their own experience involved a road trip, a plane, or a normal boat.