THE PLANET KRAG
In 1983, my father invented an imaginary planet: the planet KRAG. I was 1 year old.
My father had built a cardboard model of his planet, which he showed to everyone. He explained that his family, his friends and even Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Rosanna Arquette, lived on KRAG. He could describe the natural resources, the continents and the political situation of his planet.
My father never came back from KRAG. A few years later, he was diagnosed with a schizoaffective disorder. Because of the illness, my father left his family, his career and his friends behind.
His "absence" marked my existence. To hear many people of my generation, I am far from the only one to have lived with a father in exile. I was raised by my mother and luckily she gave me what it takes to grow and live well.
Now my father is old and sick, KRAG is hardly a memory. And I became a man.
I think differently about all of this today. In fact, I am mostly busy building. Far from his nonexistent planet, I made a house for my family and an artist's studio for me. I grow tall trees and flowers in the yard. After work, I play with my son, I help him with his homework, I do the cooking, the dishes.
And when everyone sleeps, I go up to the studio to paint pictures.
This series is dedicated to those who came close to the abyss, without sinking.