Morris Bober may seem like just another man walking down the street. But, he is constantly worrying about money, antisemitism, his dead son, and his living daughter.
Frank Alpine doesn’t draw much attention to himself as he aimlessly roams around town at the beginning of the story. But, he is really a man who was part of a robbery, grew up in a broken family, and wants a “normal” life.
Alice Feigel might just seem like another college-aged girl. But, she really likes spending time with her Grandparents, drives a station-wagon, and has no idea where she will be in two weeks.
Most people appear to be another “normal” person walking down the street. But, no one really is. We all have something interesting going on in our lives. Something, that would make the other person stop, who is walking past us.
For this blox, There is a picture of Morris Bober, repeated several times. Every time Bober appears again, the picture gets a little closer. Until you can finally see the reflections in his glasses. In his glasses, there are pictures of his son, a swastika, and rotting tomatoes. This represents that every time you look closer at a person, you will find there is a lot more behind them, then what you originally thought. The pictures of Morris progressively get more and more colorful. The first picture is black and white. This represents our human instinct to just judge the person as we first see them. Everything just seems to be black and white. He is a cheap Jew. She is a homeless person drugs. But, people are not black and white. As we zoom into Morris we see him for his true colors.
Creating this blox was similar to a confessional for me. Just as Cornell used his boxes to create “visual communication with the self”. While, the blox has nothing to do with my inner thoughts. While creating this blox and thinking about the message behind it, it made me explore myself. What do people see when they first look at me? How do I appear to someone who has never met me? And who am I really? When I look at this blox I not only think of the struggles that Morris Bober went through, but also this time when I explored myself. Moris Bober is one of my favorite literary characters. He was a kind old man, who gave as much as he could, even to the detriment of himself. When I explored his character, it also helped me explore myself. I asked questions like “what do I see in Morris that I like so much?” “Do I see myself?” This blox is one of self-exploration for myself. While, the viewer might not learn about me. They will learn about what I value in a person. And hopefully, they will explore within themselves as well.