December 10, 2009, 12:47 pm
Tim Burton: “Drawing Helps My Mental Process”
By Lisa Agustin
While director Tim Burton is perhaps best known for fantastical movies like Edward Scissorhands and his upcoming version of Alice in Wonderland, his creative output is actually quite broad, and includes paintings, photography, sculpture, and writing. Burton’s body of work is the focus of a new exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art. Sketchbooks and drawings figure prominently in the show, and represent not a final product as much as a way to explore and share ideas. Says Burton:
[Drawing] has always been an important part of my life….I haven’t really shown any of this stuff. I never considered it art or artwork, mainly because it was not meant to be seen, really. It was all sort of the process I was doing when I was thinking of ideas or helping my own mental process. All these kinds of things, whether photographs, or little writings, or sketches, for me, are THE most important part of any project. I mean, because once I’m doing it, like when I have to communicate with people, it’s not easy for me. So the important work has to be done in these little private projects.
The exhibition runs through April 26, 2010.