Review From The Midwest Book Review, Oregon WI January 2013.
"When a familial relationship fails, we ofen wonder why. "My Father's Room" is a memoir from arist Roland Salazar Rose who draws on his life's history and relationship with his father, which has been strained and the impact of his divorce in the process. In the included companion work 'The Four Seasons of the Master Myth', he discusses his influences as an artist. With much to ponder about what creates us, 'My Father's Room' is a strong additon to memoir and art collections"
Advance Praise from: Greg Albers, Publisher of visual artists' books (Hol Art Books, Phonex, AZ) comments:
My Father's Room and the Four Seasons of the Master Myth (ISBN 978-0-9818627-
Throughout the memoir he explores his development as an artist who returns to his passion in his elder years, finding that “sacred place.” The “unique” quality in this memoir is due to the fact, that not only has the author/artist included embedded images of his art, he makes available to the reader his DVD, “The Four Seasons of the Master Myth.” He does this by including as Part II in the book, the text of his oral memoir of his painting days in Europe (a voice over on the DVD); and incorporates the “Master Myth” theme (the myth of the year god); it is expressed through monologues & dialogues: success in spring, hubris in summer, nemesis in the fall, destruction in winter and the possibility of resurrection the following spring. The DVD is released seaparately and is available for purchase at www.chiptaylor.com and www.salazargallery.com .
Salazar says, “I write of reaffirming my artistic abilities in a burst of creative paintings in my painting series ‘The Four Seasons of the Master Myth.’ In My Father’s Room I ruminate on my present dilemma, a pending divorce action by my spouse of twenty-eight years, and develop possible resolutions for myself. My father never spoke to me of our family’s past, of much at all; he never left a written guidance about his aging; furthermore our failure to communicate precluded any understanding between us. I moved on with my life without him, leaving the memory pages blank as an unfinished canvas. He left only one written commentary in his billfold that I uncovered when I was going thru his personal belongings: ‘The primary effect of the aging process is basically a deprivation of one’s human dignity.’”
Americans are seeking their “place,” a phenomenon significantly heightened in this post 9/11 era. We seek a “sacred place,” the ‘place’ that Joseph Campbell writes of so eloquently, where we can be more human. His memoir—My Father's Room and The Four Season’s of the Master Myth— relates his life in art and the art in his life; it has embedded images from his series “The Four Seasons of the Master Myth.”
Young and old, we are all searching for “value” in our lives. In My Father’s Room and The Four Seasons of the Master Myth suggests the author/artist’