CATHEXIS: A Chapter from the Hag Movie
The artist follows his muse: he sees her everywhere, half-hidden in rooms, climbing stairs, tearing at her stockings in the jungle...alluring, aloof, alone...
I returned to California. A few years earlier I had met a young woman who was interested in modeling. Her dream was to be a goddess, she said. We had taken some photos. One evening, as I showed her prints, I mentioned I was going to a party. She asked if she could come too. Sure, I said, as long as you come as a goddess. She put on the usual—dark makeup, high heels and stockings. I made a veil for her face and I draped her with a bit of translucent cloth.. Dressed like that she got on the back of my motorcycle—I was a poor artist, I had no car—and we went to the party. During the party she said not a word to anyone. She sat, crossed her legs, strolled about, always like a goddess, her translucent gown trailing behind her. I remembered this evening while I was trying to re-start my novel. I decided to incorporate her as the Hag: another young girl playing the role of an older woman playing at being the Hag. I wrote a couple more chapters. Inexplicably the work again stopped. In frustration I returned to Mexico—Aguascalientes, the Excelsior Cafe, the Hotel Mina. Oscar Rangel introduced me to Venecia, his young artistic friend. I took out my camera and we went to work. Another chapter of the movie appeared: Venecia climbing the metal stairs at the Mina, crawling around—thanks to the magic of video editing—in a room at the Palacio del Gobierno, tearing at her stockings in the Jardin San Marcos....
HAG OPENING | CHAPTER ONE | CHAPTER TWO | CHAPTER THREE | CHAPTER FOUR | CHAPTER FIVE | CHAPTER SIX | CHAPTER SEVEN | CHAPTER EIGHT | CHAPTER NINE
The HAG is both a movie and a novel by D.N. Stuefloten.
The movie is an hour and fifteen minutes long, and shot mostly in Mexico.
The novel is 234 pages
and has 161 black and white images.
The movie can be seen here, and the novel—both as a paperback and an e-book—is available at Amazon.com