By Sole Marques
David Lynch: The Art Life has been a documentary that didn’t left us indifferent. The movie combines his current lonely and quiet life with scenes of his younger life.
The film is based on the memories of the artist and told by himself in a little room with a microphone. Also, we can see different sequences of his art crafts and his ”studio” which basically was a stable.
When watching the film you can also feel as if you were in a museum, a David Lynch Museum, due to all the paintings, canvases and other art crafts which appear in the movie. Most of the time he contemplates his work and you can feel yourself being part of it, you feel his deepest thoughts when painting. He stares at his art surrounded in fogs of cigarette smoke and wearing the same clothes day-in, day-out.
The artistic life of David Lynch went through different changes, as we could see in the film, he started to be interested in film when he stared at one of his paintings moving. He tried to combine both worlds, film and art, and create something different in art.
Apart from David Lynch scenes painting, talking and smoking cigarettes, the film features different footage of his family and some friends, for example, his best friend Jack Frisk or Bushnell Keeler who was such a huge inspiration for his art. These footage go through different moments of the artist, since he was a child until he was an adult. You can see how hard he tries to hide his deepest feelings when giving little and brief comments about his daughter, his first wife, Peggy and his mother. He refused to introduce her wife to his family due to his insecurity when trying to combine ”two lives”, the artistic life and personal life.
David Lynch The Art Life is a tribute of his life which has been more than interesting and ambiguous, shaping this international and well-known artist personality.