Obscurious X: Decade of Darkness Released

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"Obscurious X: Decade of Darkness" Released

I'm excited to announce the release of my sixth book on Antithesis Press, "Obscurious X: Decade of Darkness".

This book is a reset, revision, and return to the maelstrom that helped form the artist Artemis Sere, the philosophies behind my art, and the approach to my creativity.

Learn more about my S.E.R.E acronym, how I struggled to beat severe Ulcerative Colitis, how I survived a bitter divorce, and lived to the tell the rest of my adventures during my thirteen years that I was considered "chronically ill". This version reflects on the person I am now versus the person I was at the time of writing the original "Obscurious". It is an autobiographical story of the evolution of a tortured human and budding creative throughout decades of time.

The book is a "poetical picturebook": a hybrid book of poems, prose, photography, graphic art, and honesty compiled into structures called "effigies". It calls for your participation and reflection through specific pages called "echopages" where you're enlisted to journal your thoughts. It is meant to be a dark, interactive experience where we find synergy in our honesty.

It is our obscurious intersection -- a protected space where you're free to be who you want to be, to share the truths you have locked with in, and to put pain to paper as I once did.

"Obscurious" was released in 2011, and was the first book I released as a self-publishing author. It was a dark start, and a curious way to begin my story. Few knew of the constant, continuous health struggles that I was dealing with at the time. My painful history needed a compartment where I could offload the void (literally and figuratively). The original book contained poetry, prose, and photography from 1995 through 2010.

Unfortunately, I was too rushed with the original publishing of "Obscurious". Balancing the daily drain of pain and a 40 hour work week made my focus fragmented. I published a very flawed book with content that showed potential, but sometimes missed the mark of the experience I wanted to share. One of the reasons was lack of content as an artist. In 2011, I had only been producing Artemis Sere content for 4 years, so my cache of art to pick from was slim. I used the best of what I had at the time, and published a piece that was greatly imperfect.

Obscurious X: Decade of Darkness

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Fast forward to 2023. A recent layoff from my day job opened up my calendar to finish projects while searching for a new day job. For the last couple of years, I was very focused on finishing my exhaustive gallery books, "Echoprism". Over 700 pages of content in full color and supported by a new inventory system, "Echoprism" represents me like no other project that I've ever undertaken. It took me over a thousand hours to complete the inventory experience for 600 pieces of art - involving tracking, labeling, re-picturing, and ordering. If not for my attempt at a metalmorphosis in 2019, I wouldn't have had the time available to complete everything I have over the last 3 years.

But I have been very productive. I'm doing my best to continue the story and product of Artemis Sere, despite life attacks and setbacks.

I meant to release the ten-year anniversary update of "Obscurious X" in 2021. But based on my attention to "Echoprism", I deprioritized making that deadline. Completing the "Echoprism" volumes was too important to me. Getting my shit together and organized was too necessary to me.

And it paid off.

When I came back to the "Obscurious X" project, I had a refreshed and exciting inventory of art and new content at my disposal to recreate the experience. And a full awareness of which pieces would work great for a brave new version of the book.

I also decided that some of the pain and positioning of the book (namely, the "revenge" elements) were no longer congruent with the person I wanted to be and the voice I wanted to share with the world. The pain is still there. The darkness is still evident. But the bitterness has been toned down and the anger has been numbed. The core of the story now focuses on how I dealt with the darkness, and how it turned me into the "creative alien" introduced in my second book, "Xenomorphine".

True to form, "Xenomorphine X" development is currently underway, and the book will be available March 13, 2023 on Blurb.com.

Ultimately, "Obscurious X" is more than "Obscurious" ever was. It is a reflection of my SERE concept in action for the last decade since the publishing of the original. It is a symbol of success, a mirror of growth, and herald of a new age of creativity for Artemis Sere. It signals maturation. It reflects clarity of purpose.

It is the calm before the storm.

Order your copy of "Obscurious X" from Blurb.com today. I am a self-publisher who does not use Amazon.com to sell his product. All proceeds go back to me and to the development of more art.

Thank you for following and engaging with my art!

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Obscurious X: Decade of Darkness

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