About the Land of Phann
What I'm about to tell you, and try to explain, is an adventure that happened to me and my dog Kodiak, many years ago.
I'm not asking anyone to believe this, only to enjoy it. I'm not a writer or a storyteller, I'm just telling you of an adventure of meeting a half inch person that told me what I would do the rest of my life. At that time I didn't understand what it meant, and I'm still not sure, but I am still working on it.
It was a beautiful normal day in the mountains where we live. I decided to go for a walk with my dog Kodiak. Kodiak and I were walking on a path through the woods. There was a little stream beside the path and Kodiak jumped in and played in the water, the sun was shining and a cool breeze was in the air. A perfect day for a walk. A day that changed my life forever.
I sat down on an old log and watched Kodiak play in the water, just like we've done many times before. We played around in the woods for a while, went on a short hike, and headed home.
Later that day back at our cabin, I had a strange feeling that something happened to us this day. I kept getting this feeling, or thought, of a little person laughing at me.
That night as I was trying to go to sleep, I couldn't get this image and thought of a little person out of my head. The next morning as I awoke the same thoughts were still there. Little flashes of things appeared to me, like meeting a little person, not a small person but a half inch tall person, and a little rock door, houses, buildings, and people with names I'd never heard before.
I thought to myself, “What's happening to me, am I losing my mind? I couldn't have met a half inch person, there is no such thing!” I began to get scared. The thoughts wouldn't go away. The next few weeks went by, and these thoughts consumed my mind. They become more and more clear.
Remember, I'm not asking anyone to believe this, I'm just trying the best way I can to explain it and how my artwork began.
The visions from this experience, which changed my life, started appearing to me stronger and stronger. It was like I know this place - I had been there before.
For some reason I started to gather up wood, twigs, rocks, and other materials, and started creating what was appearing to me. I had no idea what I was doing, all I knew was I had to try. I know all this sounds strange, but it's true the way it happened.
Visions appear to me in a flash! I see them but I don't. They are in a fog or cloudy state. As I start creating what I see, they tell me what to do, like they have a life of their own and they build themselves through me. I told you this would sound strange but again it's true. It has taken anywhere from three months to a year to create a sculpture depending on the detail.
As I started creating these sculptures, the story of the Land of Phann came to be. I would write without thinking of what I was doing. It was like Kodiak was in my mind telling me what to write. So came the writings of the Land of Phann as told by Harry and Kodiak. To this day I still believe Kodiak was more than just a dog.
I've spent many years creating this artwork. Through the years people have asked me, if I imagined all of this? If I say that Kodiak and I met a half inch person named Dybol, who shrunk us down to his size, showed us his land, and told me what I would do the rest of my life, you might think I'm crazy.
But, if I said I made all of this up and that I imagined it all, “I” would be a liar.
Please enjoy the Land of Phann and my other creations.
C. L. Pierce Williams